Areva Martin, Esq., president and co-founder of Special Needs Network calls out for justice today for 19-year-old murder victim Patrick Caruthers. Caruthers, a young man with special needs, was shot two days ago while sitting at Jackie Tatum Recreation Center where he volunteered and died on the 1500th block of West 62nd Street.
According to police, the crime was entirely unprovoked. “He did not have any enemies. He did not bother anybody. He tried to live his life. His love was music and going to church,” said Patrick’s mother, Gail Sears. The suspects sped away in a dark sedan. Special Needs Network is asking the City of LA and the Los Angeles Police Department to issue a $10,000 cash reward to bring Patrick’s killers to justice.
Areva Martin, Esq. statement:
“I would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and community still reeling from this sudden and devastating loss. Patrick’s memory and positive contributions to our community through his volunteering will forever be with us. Our organization works with children and adults, like Patrick, everyday and together we struggle for awareness and acceptance. This shocking and terrible crime is a harsh reminder of how much work we still have to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with Patrick’s family and friends while we ask the community and elected officials to do everything possible to bring these killers to justice.”