Oakland Councilwoman’s Son Killed Near USC Campus

McElhaney was the son of Oakland Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney was shot and killed near the USC campus early Sunday morning.

Victor McElhaney, 21, is being remembered as a talented musician by those who knew him, including other Oakland Councilmembers.

“He didn’t think about himself, he thought about others. He was just an all-around great young man,” said Councilman Larry Reid to the East Bay Times. “He was a very talented musician and he didn’t mind sharing that talent he had with other young people.”

“Our hearts grieve with Lynette Gibson McElhaney,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf in a statement. “Let us remember him the way his mother will, and the way those who he encountered on campus at USC are reflecting on his life: ‘He believed in the power of music to touch lives, to heal, and to bring hope.’”

Officials report that Victor was killed as the result of an apparent robbery attempt. He was outside a liquor store with friends when three or four men approached the group and attempted to rob them, according to L.A. Police Captain Billy Hayes. No arrests have been made, but investigators are reviewing security footage for leads.

In a statement, Councilwoman McElhaney called her son’s death “a senseless act of violence.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Councilwoman McElhaney and her family during this difficult time.

Read more at The Los Angeles Times.