Alhmond Sherrick Ugene Davis, 27
Alhmond Sherrick Ugene "Juice" Davis, a 27-year-old black man, was fatally shot on Monday, Aug. 20, in the 900 block of West Beach Avenue in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.
Davis was standing in front of the apartment complex where he lived, talking with two male friends who were visiting from out of town, according to Inglewood Police Capt. Mark Fried.
"He had just come from a job interview, and was dressed very nicely," Fried said. "It was all very innocent. He and his friends were just having a conversation, like any of us would outside our homes."
Then, around 5:25 p.m., a vehicle drove by and someone inside began shooting, Fried said.
Davis and his friends were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. The two friends survived their injuries but Davis was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the neck.
Investigators at the time described the attack as a drive-by shooting but did not release a description of the shooter or the vehicle. Three days later, investigators said they believed that the same suspect shot at a 24-year-old black male around 11:30 a.m. The man was driving his car on East Hyde Park Boulevard when he stopped for a red light at West Boulevard and was struck by gunfire, authorities said. He survived his injuries, they said.
Later that night, Inglewood officers arrested Daniel Martinez, a 30-year-old Latino from Inglewood, in connection with Davis' death and the shooting earlier that morning.
Fried said his department has evidence that connects Martinez to both shootings, but he wouldn't release any details. Investigators don't have any evidence that Martinez knew any of the victims, he said.
On Aug. 27, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged Martinez with murder in connection with Davis' death, along with three counts of attempted murder. In January, the district attorney amended the charges to include another murder charge, in the fatal shooting of Samuel Isaac Ferguson, 27, on Aug. 17. Ferguson was driving home from work on the 91 Freeway, near the Artesia Boulevard exit in Gardena, around 4:25 p.m. when he was shot, police said.
Prosecutors allege that Martinez killed Davis and Ferguson intentionally, because of their race, and as part of criminal street gang activities. The charges against Martinez also allege that all of the shootings should be classified as hate crimes.
Ferguson and Davis were black. Martinez is described as a Latino.
Martinez's next court hearing is set for March 14 in Room 2 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Inglewood Courthouse.
According to his obituary, Davis was born in Canton, Ohio and later moved to Las Vegas with his family.
As a child, Davis had a passion for cars, and "could name the make and model of any car he saw because he had an eye for detail," according to the obituary.
Davis later attended Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas, where he "found his love for high fashion, modeling and entrepreneurship," according to his obituary. "He was in the beginning stages of launching his own high fashion eye glass wear line called Shic-Sherrick and was looking forward to starting as a brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton," according to the obituary.
His funeral services were held in Akron, Ohio.
Anyone with information on the cases is asked to contact Inglewood Police homicide detectives at 310-412-5246. Those wishing to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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