Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

8-year old boy wounded, but shielded by father who died in Inglewood shooting

Tre Martin, age 8, and father, Frederick Martin, Jr.
Frederick "Freddie Mac" Martin, Jr., 28, was cleaning his garage with his 8-year old son, Tre, and an adult friend, Joey Hickman, in Inglewood, California.  During this, two unknown men ran in from the street and opened fire.  Martin dove on top of Tre, shielding the boy.  The men fled after shooting.  A motive is unknown.

Tre was grazed and injured by a bullet.  His father was shot twice and later died in the hospital.

From the article:
The 28-year-old man was a graduate of Texas Southern University and a newlywed, he and his wife would have celebrated their first anniversary on May 12. According to a donation website set up by the family, he and his wife were also expecting a child.
His family told ABC News that Martin was “the sweetest man you’ll ever find” and loved his son dearly. They are searching for answers to explain why Martin lost his life.
“It’s a family cleaning out a garage. Why? I don’t understand. It’s never happened right here before. Just confused, we’re all confused about it,” said Travis Toca, the victim’s nephew.
Martin’s family insist he wasn’t involved in any illegal activity and don’t know what could have prompted this tragedy.
Lieutenant James Madia of the Inglewood Police told The Huffington Post that Martin was an ”upstanding guy, an employed college graduate. We have no idea why this shooting would have happened. We have been presented no evidence that would suggest that this was gang-related.”
HERE is a biography of Martin and appeal for a donation in his name.

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