MONTEREY PARK — Standing alongside Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, the aunt of slain John Muir High School football player and student Brandon Jackson gave a tearful admonition to her nephew’s killers Wednesday.
“Every day you look in the rear-view mirror, I hope you can see an image of Brandon there left to die,” said Cynthia Brown.
Brown joined Baca, Capt. Steve McLean of the sheriff’s Altadena Station and members of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau gathered at Sheriff’s headquarters to announce a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Jackson killing.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the reward.
Jackson was slain Feb. 12 in the 300 block of West Palm Avenue in Altadena as he left the birthday party of a family friend. There have been no leads in the investigation, officials said Wednesday.
“What we are seeking is the public’s assistance in this terrible murder,” said Lt. Dave Dolson of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. “We know there is information out there about this murder.”
Homicide investigators said the single shot fired from the semi-automatic pistol that killed Jackson came from someone in a red Dodge Neon.
Investigators didn’t know the model year of the car or the exact number of people inside the vehicle, or whether Jackson was summoned to the automobile as some have reported.
Witnesses at the scene of the shooting are cooperating with authorities, as are “several other party-goers were gathered outside” during the shooting, Dolson said.
Jackson’s slaying led to a series of shootings across the streets of Pasadena and Altadena. Three more shootings occurred in the span of less than a week. Sheriff’s officials said the subsequent shootings were in retaliation for Jackson’s slaying but were not gang-related.
“Brandon was not in a gang,” Dolson said.
But during the press conference, Brown continued to refer to territoriality as playing a factor in the violence.
“Everything seems to be so territorial, she said. “We separate ourselves by territory.”
McLean said Jackson could have been on the “wrong block” but still wouldn’t say the shooting was gang-related.
“We just don’t know,” he said. “What we do know is he was killed and in the following weeks there were a number of shootings.”
McLean said Altadena deputies and the Pasadena Police Department are working together to find all of the suspects connected to the shooting spree.
But as investigators are trying to track down the suspects in the Jackson shootings and the retaliatory strikes, Brown called for peace Wednesday.
“I hope that anybody who is even considering some type of retaliation will leave that alone,” she said. “We don’t need that.”
She repeated her plea for help in solving the case.
“I hope that anybody that saw something in the neighborhood (will) just come forth,” said Brown.