Teen shot to death outside party in South L.A.

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Wave Wire Services

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A 16-year-old boy was shot to death June 10 and authorities are investigating the shooting.

Officers responding to a shots-fired call about 11:50 p.m. in the area of 74th Street and Western Avenue located Quincy Reese Jr. suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Paramedics pronounced the boy dead at the scene, LAPD Norma Eisenman told City News Service.

Reese, a star basketball player at Crenshaw High School, was planning to go out for the football team this fall and maintained a 3.4 grade point average, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“He was a great outgoing personality,” Ed Waters, the Crenshaw High boys’ basketball coach told The Times.

There was a vigil in Reese’s memory June 11 when his father shared a message.

“He had an outstanding personality and grades were A-1,” his father, Quincy Reese Sr., told ABC7. “He already did what he was supposed to do, which made sure that grades came first.”

He was an honor roll student with plans to play basketball in college.

Reese Sr. told The Times that “my world changed” when his son was born and that he was going to be an “outstanding athlete.” He described his son as a gentleman who loved his basketball teammates and was not one to back down from a challenge.

Waters told ABC 7 Reese Jr. had a bright future.

“Fifty-eight colleges … that’s not a regular human,” Reese Sr. told ABC 7 about the number of schools that were interested in his son playing for them. “He’s only in the 11th grade.”

He said his son had been with him all day before being dropped off at a party where his teammates would be. Reese Sr. said he was waiting to pick up him from the event.

The Times reported that the party was at an old motorcycle club in the Manchester neighborhood.

Neither a suspect description nor a possible motive were available, Eisenman said.

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