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Marcus Edward McClendon, 52

Marcus Edward McClendon (2015-08-18)

Marcus Edward McClendon, a 52-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Aug. 18,  in the 1600 block of West 65th Place in Harvard Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Shortly before midnight Aug. 17, McClendon and another man pulled up to a home to see a friend, said LAPD Det. Chris Barling. About 10 minutes after the two arrived, a man walked up and began shooting.

McClendon was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 18. The other man, who was wounded, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Barling said the gunman ran north on South Harvard Boulevard and possibly got into a sedan. Police are looking for witnesses.

On Tuesday afternoon, Simone Glossen leaned back on the broken amp outside her home where McClendon sat before he was killed. Glossen, 30, looked toward the end of the street where a group of men circled the corner still in disbelief over the shooting.

Glossen turned away and looked at three candles placed on the sidewalk where McClendon fell to the ground.

"I've cried so much already that I can't do it anymore," Glossen said. "I can't do much but just sit in it, you know. He's dead now."

Other people in the area said McClendon came to the area after getting off work. Glossen and others were chatting with McClendon late Tuesday night when a man walked up and opened fire, she said. The group scattered, she said, but McClendon was hit.

Friends and family remembered McClendon as a kind man who worked as a local mechanic.

This summer, he repaired the bikes of several kids on the block. Glossen said he also gave her rides in high school.

"He didn't have to do that you, you know," she said. "I wouldn't have thought any less of him. But he paid attention to the small things. And they made a difference to people."

Two days before the shooting, Glossen said McClendon helped her move some furniture into her home and play wrestled with her son.

"He said that he was going to come back and get him for round two," Glossen smiled. "He won't get that chance for a rematch."

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD's Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (323) 786-5113. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Photo: Three candles line West 65th Place in Harvard Park where Marcus McClendon, 52, died Aug. 18 after he was shot. Credit: Jerome Campbell

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