Victor McElhaney had been studying jazz drumming at USC before his life was cut short Sunday morning.
The early Sunday morning murder of a 21-year-old USC student is reverberating here in the Bay Area. KPIX/CBS SF reports that the son of Oakland city councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney was shot and killed in a robbery attempt near the USC campus, where he had been studying music.
Councilperson McElhaney confirmed in a statement Sunday that the victim was indeed her son. “Victor was a son of Oakland,” she wrote. “He was a musician who drew his inspiration from the beat, soul, and sound of the Town and he belonged in every nook and cranny of Oakland.
“I miss my baby. Please keep me, my family, and all of my son's friends in your thoughts and prayers. We are beginning a new chapter in this reoccurring circle of violence...And it will take all of us together to make it through this tragedy.”
According to KGO, the younger McElhaney had transferred to USC in 2017 after studying at California State University East Bay, and had also served as an instructor at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music.
The Los Angeles Times has some solid details on the shooting, which apparently occurred around midnight Saturday in L.A.’s University Park. Police say that three or four men in their 20s approached McElhaney in what appears to be a robbery attempt, shot him, and then fled in their vehicle. LAPD responded to the call at 12:24 a.m. and found McElhaney in critical condition, and he passed away at roughly 11 a.m. Sunday morning.
Lynette McElhaney was the first African American women elected president of Oakland's City Council in 2015. She no longer holds the council presidency, but she still serves as Oakland’s District 3 councilmember. In a sadly ironic note, she also authored the resolution to adopt the phrase “Love Life” as Oakland’s motto — itself a reference to the shooting of a 16-year-old who was a family friend of the McElhaneys.
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