The shooting of 17-year-old Davien “Day Day” Graham got underway in Alhambra Tuesday with some chilling testimony from “Day Day,” who recalled hearing someone holler a gang slogan before opening fire.
As a result of the shooting, Graham was paralyzed. The attack was part of a string of shootings that plagued Monrovia in December and January.
This from Fred Ortega, who attended the hearing for 19-year-old Jimmy Santana of Duarte, a suspected member of the Monrovia Nuevo Varrio 13 gang. Graham is black, Santana is Latino. Much of the violence has stemmed from an apparent race war, officials say.
He described how he was riding his bike back home from the dairy on Jan. 12 in unincorporated Monrovia when a burgundy compact rolled up slowly behind him.
I heard someone say Hey fool, (expletive) Dirt Rock, and then he started shooting, said Graham, whose 17th birthday was on Monday. Dirt Rock in a derogatory term for the Du-Rock Crips, a Duarte-based black gang.