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Ronald Barron
  • Death date
  • Feb. 7, 2010

Ronald Barron, 40

Ronald Lamonte Barron, a 40-year-old black man, was shot and killed Sunday, Feb. 7, in the 5000 block of West Pico Blvd. in Mid-Wilshire, authorities said.

A former Crips gang member who police said transformed himself by working to steer others away from lives of violence, Barron was fatally shot after he confronted a tagger, Los Angeles police said.

Barron was leaving the Cottage Bar about 9 p.m. with his girlfriend when he noticed a tagger applying graffiti to a nearby wall, police said.

Barron confronted the tagger, who pulled out a pistol and fired once, hitting Barron in the chest.

Barron had once been a Mansfield Crips gang member but had made a successful transition to gang outreach and intervention work, authorities said.

Barron continued to use his former gang name, "Looney," and worked for Amer-I-Can, a gang-intervention program founded by Football Hall of Fame member Jim Brown. Barron was known for his gang outreach work in the L.A. County jails.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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