Allen Thomas grew up seeing Nipsey Hussle driving around his Vermont Slauson neighborhood.
The slain rapper was among those who inspired Allen to strive for more out of life.
In an essay, Allen, a senior at Crenshaw High School, wrote of growing up in poverty and witnessing gang violence.
“Every day I see people deal drugs and others who are there hanging out with their homies doing absolutely nothing,” he wrote.
He wanted to be different, to attend college and maybe even become a doctor, he said. He was killed March 16, three days before his 18th birthday.
Allen stood in a driveway in the 1200 block of West 57th Street when a sedan drove by and someone inside began shooting. He ran, but was struck and later died at a hospital.
Police have no suspects.
A few feet away, his grandmother heard the shots.
Patricia Williams, 73, said she ...