A college football player and father of a 2-year-old was shot to death at a party in Lincoln Heights on Sunday and police said Tuesday they are still searching for his killer.
The shooting took place at approximately 1:30 a.m. during a party the Brewery Lofts located on the 600 block of Moulton Avenue, near the Los Angeles River. The area is often described as an artist colony.
The victim is 22-year-old Ken William McRoyal, according L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter. McRoyal died at LA County + USC Medical Center at 2:04 p.m. from two gunshot wounds to the upper body, Winter told EGP.
McRoyal was a wide receiver for the University of Idaho, though he previously attended El Camino Junior College and Carson High School. McRoyal and his family moved to Southern California in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina leveled their home in Louisiana. He was in town to visit family and to see his 2-year-old daughter, according to reports.
A second victim was shot in the arm during the attack and was transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, said police Sgt. Michael Morisseau, also of the Hollenbeck Station.
“Detectives believe that the victim got into a verbal dispute at a party with a small group,” Officer Cleon Joseph, an LAPD spokesman, said in a statement. “During the dispute, one of the men shot the victim and left the scene.”
McRoyal was entering his senior year and had earned a scholarship for the upcoming season. Idaho head football coach Robb Akey in a written statement said McRoyal’s death was a “devastating loss.”
“We’ve lost a brother, a teammate, a family member. But more importantly, a momma lost her son today. All of our prayers go to the family that they can be strong in their healing from this tragedy,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting was urged by police to contact Hollenbeck homicide detectives at (323) 342-8961 or (323) 342-8957. Tipsters can also call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.
Information from City News Service was used in this report.