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Jamil Lyles
  • Death date
  • July 29, 2009

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Jamil Lyles, 17

Jamil Lyles, a 17-year-old black man, died Wednesday, July 29, 10 days after he was shot in the 13000 block of South Broadway in Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

On July 19, Lyles was sitting in the backseat of a vehicle about 4:50 a.m. outside a house where a motorcycle club had gathered when someone walked up and shot at the car, said sheriff's homicide Det. Robert Gray, who is handling the investigation. Lyles had been about to leave the location, Gray said.

According to coroner's records, Lyles was shot several times. No one else in the car was hurt, Gray said.

After the shooting, Lyles’ friends drove him to the site of the former Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, which has not had a trauma emergency room since closing in 2007. The medical facility, which is now an ambulatory clinic open from 8 a.m. to midnight, was unable to treat Lyles. Paramedics were called and he was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.

Lyles' sister, Kierra Holliman, said her family believed he would recover from his injuries, however eight days after the shooting he went into a coma. Two days later, doctors told Lyles’ family there was no sign of brain activity, Holliman said, and he was pronounced dead.

Gray said no arrests have been made in connection with the case. Although Lyles had no gang affiliation, Gray believes the shooter was a gang-member who was targeting a person sitting in the car with Lyles when he was shot.

Anyone with information about the shooter or details on the incident is asked to contact Det. Gray or Martin Rodriguez at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

-- Sarah Ardalani

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