There was standing room only during a memorial at USC Tuesday in honor of slain USC student Victor McElhaney.
McElhaney, 21, was shot during a robbery attempt March 10 after exiting a store located a mile and a half from USC’s campus.
The suspects are still at large and are described as three hispanic males in their 20’s, who fled the scene in a dark blue or gray sedan.
“Victor’s not a homicide number or a statistic or just another Black boy gunned down in South Central Los Angeles,” she said Tuesday at USC. “Victor came here because he wanted to be in the pantheon of all these great jazz traditions that have been held and thrust at USC.”
McElhaney was a Jazz Studies major at USC and also a member of Brothers Breaking BREAD, a support group for Black men at USC. Members of Brothers Breaking BREAD wore T-shirts with customized ‘V’s on their backs in honor of their friend at the memorial.
McElhaney is the son of Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney and is remembered for his passion of Jazz music. He transferred to USC in 2017 from Cal State East Bay.