Special needs teen gunned down for 'wearing red shoes' in South Los Angeles

A trip to the beach turned into a family's worst nightmare when special needs teen Tavin Price was murdered by a gangbanger for wearing red shoes.

    2015/06/17

NSFW    Gun Crazy

LOS ANGELES — Tavin Price, a developmentally disabled teenager, was shot and killed by an unknown assailant who objected to him wearing red shoes in an area controlled by a gang that favors a different color.

Tavin and his mother, Jennifer Rivers, had planned an early weekend trip to a beach in South Los Angeles, but after stopping at a car wash, Tavin walked towards a nearby store to purchase cigarettes.

An as-yet unidentified assailant confronted 19-year-old Tavin Price and demanded he remove his shoes as the color red was considered offensive due to gang associations. Tavin refused, explaining he was in no way connected to gangs.

As the young man returned to his mother's car, the assailant returned with a gun and fired four shots into his back and chest area. Tavin was pronounced dead on the operating table of a nearby hospital.

Tavin's family and community leaders condemned the killing, and authorities say they are reviewing surveillance footage from the car wash in a bid to identify the murder suspect.

A memorial was held at the car wash on Monday, where mourners lit candles and sang Happy Birthday as Monday would've been Tavin's 20th birthday.
Mourners light candles in honor of slain teen Tavin Price, who was fatally shot for wearing red shoes in South Los Angeles. VIA ABC 7 NEWS
Mourners light candles in honor of slain teen Tavin Price, who was fatally shot for wearing red shoes in South Los Angeles. VIA ABC 7 NEWS
Tavin's distraught mother is comforted at Monday's memorial, which would have been Tavin Price's 20th birthday. VIA THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Tavin's distraught mother is comforted at Monday's memorial, which would have been Tavin Price's 20th birthday. VIA THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
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