With his mother soon to return from her second tour in Iraq, Shaw lived in Los Angeles with his father. At the age of 17, he was shot twice by gang members, less than a block from his house.
While the gang violence in America pales in comparison to that found in Brasil, or other nations, I still find it reprehensible, and inexcusable. There is no need for it. When it results in the death of a promising young man, like it has here, it becomes all the more tragic. A few days ago, Pedro Espinoza was arrested, and arraigned on Capital Murder charges in response for his alleged role in the shooting.