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Remembering Victor McClinton Event at Altadena Church Wednesday

Children and families can share their feelings, pray, create art or sit and reflect on the death of community advocate Victor J. McClinton, who was fatally shot Christmas Day.

The shooting death of Victor McClinton, who founded and was director of Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League in Pasadena, has impacted the Pasadena and Altadena communities in a significant way since it occurred.

A candelight vigil was held for McClinton last week and a peace rally was held near Pasadena City Hall Sunday where Pasadena and Altadena leaders and officials expressed that something needs to change in the wake of recent gang-related violence in both communities.

Children and adults can now reflect on McClinton’s death however they feel most comfortable at an event at First Presbyterian Church of Altadena from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday night.

For two hours, the community will have a space to grieve, whether they want to sit and pray with someone that will be there, talk or share with others, read Scripture or create art.

The church is located at 2775 Lincoln Avenue, Altadena, 91001 at the corner of Lincoln and Harriet across from the fire station. The parking lot entrance is off Harriet.

For more information, contact Debra Williams at 626/791-4271 Ext. 302

Do you plan to attend Wednesday? How will you remember McClinton if you knew him?

anjail77 January 03, 2013 at 02:44 AM
I am stunned, angry, and deeply saddened. I worked in the same building in Alhambra with Victor. One day it was raining as I approached the entry way to our building. I lost my footing, ended up in a gym lunge position, and dropped the Trader Joe's bag I was toting. Without missing a beat, a tall, handsome, Black man lifted me to my feet, gently asked me was I okay, scooped up my TJoes bag, steadied me, and placed the bag in my arms. That was my introduction to gentleman Victor McClinton two years ago. We always spoke, smiled, waved when we saw each other. What a wonderful smile, what a lovely man. You are greatly missed.
Ninja Girl January 03, 2013 at 03:36 AM
I didn't know him, but have been following the news reports. he seemed like a great person. it saddens and angers me that the good ones suffer, and the bad ones get away with committing such horrible acts.
Eric O'Rafferty January 03, 2013 at 10:18 PM
My son played in his Brotherhood Crusade basketball league for several years. It was a great experience and we loved Victor's presence. He was funny, strong, and caring: a real leader. Gentle and kind with the kids, he could be tough on the parents (in a good, humorous way!). Our hearts just dropped when we heard of his tragic death. He literally affected hundreds if not thousands of lives for the better. He is sorely missed!
Isabella Baumfree January 04, 2013 at 12:55 AM
First Presberterian Church of Altadena, what a GREAT group of Christian people. Once again they've showed their love & support of the NW Altadena/Pasadena Community by allowing the community to come together at their Church. The amazing thing about this Church is that the love of Christ shines brightly through everyone and to everyone. They are so sincere and genuinly nice people. You are so welcomed there no matter what, really! May God continue to bless Pastor Mark, Debra & the whole congregation. Regretfully I did not read the Altadena Patch on yesterday, thus missed this event.

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