Ken McRoyal, 22
Posted May 13, 2012
Ken McRoyal, a 22-year-old black man, was fatally shot Sunday, May 13, in the 600 block of Moulton Avenue in Lincoln Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
McRoyal was shot in the upper body about 1:30 a.m. at a party at the Brewery Lofts and was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. A second man was shot in the arm.
Police are seeking four male suspects who were involved in an argument with McRoyal and fled after one fired the shots. No arrests have been made, officials said.
McRoyal’s friends gathered at a vigil Sunday night at El Camino College, where he played football before transferring to Idaho to join his cousin and Carson High School teammate Dominique Blackman, according to KTLA-TV and news reports from Idaho.
“I pray that you bless my teammates back in Idaho, Lord,” Blackman said at the vigil. “We all miss him, Lord.”
Originally from New Orleans, McRoyal and his family were displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and moved to Southern California, Blackman said.
“He was just the epitome of someone who earned it,” he said. “I mean, you know, look at his lifestyle. He survived Hurricane Katrina.”
McRoyal had recently learned he would receive a scholarship for his upcoming senior year, which he hoped would lead to a career in the NFL.
McRoyal's girlfriend, Latrisse Williams, said he was in Los Angeles to see her and their 1-year-old daughter.
“He just wanted to be a good dad. He wanted a connection with his daughter," Williams said, according to KTLA-TV.
The Brewery Lofts, part of the Brewery Arts Complex, is the site of a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery.
Hundreds of artists now work and live in what were once industrial buildings.
Anyone with information about the killing or the identity of the shooter is asked to contact LAPD Hollenbeck homicide Det. Marin or Chavarria at (323) 342-8961 or (323) 342-8957. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
--Kim Christensen and KTLA-TV