Jeanne David expected her son Mickey from Echo Park to call her on Mother’s Day. He did not. Instead, she got calls from her son’s coworkers at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s saying they were concerned that he had not shown up for work. Soon David was on the phone again, this time with an LAPD homicide detective as she tried to find out why her 30-year-old son had been shot dead near his Echo Park apartment shortly after midnight Saturday. “He was just totally into purity. He loved life,” said David in a phone call late Sunday night. “That’s why none of this fits.”
Rampart Division homicide detectives are still in the early stages of trying to figure out why someone opened fire on Michael David, who collapsed near Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. David was not a gang member but police don’t know what prompted the shooting or what he was doing outside at that time. Dect. John Motto said there is a possibility that he might have been with a group of people “but those people have not stepped forward.”
David said her son, known as Mickey, moved into a studio apartment in Echo Park nearly a year ago. He doted on a four-year-old daughter, tended to an organic garden, took yoga classes and rooted for the Lakers, even buying his daughter a Lakers’ dress. He was a budding Rastafarian who had starting growing his hair long and braiding it, said Jeanne David, who raised Mickey and another son in Los Angeles before moving to another part of Southern California. “He truly was just like a modern, urban hippie guy,” she said. “He was a kind person.”
David said she was troubled by the many reader comments about the ethnic and class tensions in Echo Park and wanted to let residents know her son was comfortable in the heavily Latino neighborhood. “He embraced the Latino culture. He has a Latino daughter.”
Anyone with information about the shooting can call Rampart homicide detectives at 213-484-3641. Persons can also report information anonymously by calling by calling 877-LAPD247.
- LAPD releases witness account of fatal Echo Park shooting. The Eastsider