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Mark Le Roy Tyree Jr., 15

Mark Le Roy Tyree Jr. (2016-06-26)

Mark Le Roy Tyree Jr., a 15-year-old black youth, was shot and killed Sunday, June 26, in the 1300 block of West 92nd Street in the Westmont neighborhood of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Tyree was a high school student who lived a few streets away from the shooting scene, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina. 

He was hanging out with a 14-year-old friend in the driveway of his friend’s home about 8:26 p.m. when a dark-colored sedan drove by, Corina said. 

At least one person in the car opened fire, striking Tyree multiple times, Corina said. His friend was not injured. 

Tyree was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m. with gunshot wounds to the arm and chest, according to coroner’s records. 

Witnesses were unable to provide a description of the shooter, or shooters, Corina said. The vehicle was described as a dark, primer-gray sedan — possibly a Chevy — last seen heading east on West 92nd Street. 

Investigators believe the shooting may be gang-related, but Corina said neither Tyree nor his friend were gang members. 

“They were just two kids hanging out in front of a residence,” Corina said. “It was just a place they liked to congregate with their friends, but that night, there were only two.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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