Pasadena City Hall served as the backdrop for a candlelight vigil on Thursday, December 27, 2012, commemorating the life and death of Victor McClinton. McClinton died from a gunshot wound on the sidewalk in front of his home, in Pasadena, on Christmas morning. Details of events surrounding the shooting which led to McClinton's death were sketchy at the time of the Vigil. He is believed to be the victim of a gang drive-by shooting where he was one of two people shot. Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez promised that the shooter/shooters would be found and brought to justice.
McClinton who was 49 years old at the time of his death was a longtime civilian employee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was best known as Coach Vic of the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League.
The large crowd, estimated to be over 400, was evidence of the life that McClinton lived. He brought together people of all ages, races and ethnicities in his work with youth, involving and working to give value to their lives through sports.
Speakers praised the work of McClinton with youth, while providing a troubled childhood as background for a person who could have taken a different path to living.
Speakers told of McClinton as a child who was abandoned at an early age by his mother. He never knew his father, and was raised by a loving grandmother. The path he chose was to help young people and never abandon them. His life was itself a role model for young people who find themselves in less than a perfect childhood.
McClinton lived out his mission to help others through his work with the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League. The League is funded by the Brotherhood Crusade. He lived out his other mission in life by being a loving and devoted father and husband of two sons and wife, Shelly. Through his work, he directly touched the lives of thousands of young people with positive results.
Photo credits: Photography by Michael Fernandez.