So Tragic: Youth Minister Shot and Killed in California

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Oscar "Choir Boy" DuncanOscar Duncan, 23, a youth minister from Compton, California was shot and killed in Venice, California when four unknown assailants opened fire on him from a car, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The young community leader, nicknamed “Choir Boy” because of his beautiful voice and aspirations to be a singer, was murdered with a single shot after the men allegedly “jeered” at his girlfriend.

A mentor at the Boys & Girls Club in Venice, Duncan was also a youth minister at Greater Zion Church Family in Compton, the Huffington Post reports. He had been a member of the organization since he was 6-years-old and was named “Youth of the Year” in 2006.

“He is hands down the most influential employee here at our club,” Erikk Aldridge, executive director of the club, told NBC. “Everyone knows him. He grew up in this community.”

According to friends and family, Duncan grew up amidst a lot of violence and gang activity, but he chose the church instead and encouraged people to stay away from violence and negativity.

According to the Times, one of the men shouted a gang name before Duncan was gunned down. Mere minutes before his death, he tweeted a passage from the Old Testament:

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

*Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. *

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