Tragedy struck Oakland Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, family, friends and the East Bay political world following the death of her 21-year-old son, Victor McElhaney, during a failed robbery attempt in Los Angeles.
NBC Bay Area first reported Sunday news of the U.S.C. student’s death, which occurred earlier in the morning.
McElhaney, who has served on the Oakland City Council since 2012, issued a statement Sunday evening.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I share with you the tragic news that my son, Victor McElhaney, was slain last night in a senseless act of violence.
Victor was a 21 year-old senior at USC Thornton School of Music, where he was pursuing his lifelong love of music with some of the greats.
Victor was a son of Oakland. He was a musician who drew his inspiration from the beat, soul, and sound of the Town and he belonged in every nook and cranny of Oakland.
I miss my baby. Please keep me, my family, and all of my son’s friends in your thoughts and prayers.
We are beginning a new chapter in this reoccurring circle of violence…And it will take all of us together to make it through this tragedy.
Arrangements for services in Oakland will be made as soon as Victor is brought home. Gratefully & Prayerfully.”