Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Black community is reeling from the loss of a promising young talent as we mourn and seek justice for Quincy Reese Jr., a talented 16-year-old high school basketball player tragically taken in a fatal shooting. Beyond his achievements on the basketball court, this accomplished student-athlete had dreams that extended far beyond. Boasting an exceptional 3.4 GPA and a coveted place on the honor roll at Crenshaw High School, Quincy Jr. had his sights set on playing college basketball.
Quincy Reese Sr., his father, proudly stated, “He wasn’t regular. Fifty-eight colleges wanted him, and he was only in the 11th grade,” highlighting his son’s extraordinary talent and potential.
The heart-wrenching incident occurred during a party Quincy Jr. attended with his teammates on a Saturday evening. Tragedy struck near the intersection of 74th Street and Western Avenue, where a sudden outbreak of violence claimed the young teenager’s life, leaving him fatally wounded at the scene. The devastating loss of Quincy Jr. has left family, friends, and classmates grappling with grief and searching for answers. This untimely demise serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address the pervasive issue of gun violence and create safer environments for L.A’s youth.
The tragic death of Quincy Reese Jr. sheds light on the deep-rooted problem of violence that plagues Black communities in Los Angeles. Western Avenue, the very street where the fatal shooting occurred, has become a hotbed for dangerous elements that disproportionately affect our most vulnerable young Black men aged 15 to 25.
This concerning pattern is further exacerbated by the lack of progress in identifying suspects or bringing them to justice by the Los Angeles Police Department. The persistent absence of leads and suspects underscores the pressing need for intensified efforts from both law enforcement and the community to address the systemic factors contributing to this violence.
It is imperative that we address the underlying issues and work collaboratively to create change. The lives of these young individuals deserve justice, and their memory serves as an important reminder of the urgent need to address these never ending cycles of violence in South Central, Los Angeles.