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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Woman spends Mother’s Day searching for answers in murder of her son

Sidewalk memorial for Michael David.

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.

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55 comments

  1. SolanoCanyonPop

    Prayers to the young brother and his family.

    Thank you, Eastsider, for your work.

  2. How sad, I feel for his mom, daughter and co-workers.

  3. My prayers are with you and your family. Hope LAPD finds answers.

  4. A good friend of mine was close to him, he is taking it pretty hard.

    RIP Michael David

  5. Micky was one of my best friends growing up. We spent so much time playing sports and having fun as kids. My heart goes out to Jeanne, Oliver and his daughter. So sad.

  6. now that i see your name staring me in the face,it’s hard to cope with this.jeanne,i am truly sad for your loss and i hope you have some comfort knowing what an amazing person your son was and how loved he really is.he will always be in my heart,mind,thoughts and prayers.mick,i love you homie!i am honored to call you “best friend”.the world was a better place with you in it.shine that light bright mick!!!R.I.P.-LOVE YA BOY”MOOSE”

  7. My condolences to the family.

    The biggest question that raises in my mind is – this is a very busy area of Echo Park, even at 12:30 on a Saturday. How could no one have seen anything? Cameras?

  8. Shot in the back by cowards.

  9. Ben’s question is mine as well. These are our streets, all of ours, and a person walking on Sunset at 12:30 (as I’ve done many many many times) should be safe.

    And what a tragic end to what sounds like a beautiful person’s life.

  10. RIP Mickey…miss you so much. Love to you and your family. We are so shocked and this makes no sense; such a good, decent, beautiful human being who didn’t deserve this. How could this happen? I just don’t understand. I’m going to miss your beautiful spirit at work soooo much.

  11. So sad I have to say Echo park is a place to avoid at all cost these days Hope that his family finds some peace.

  12. I was leaving the Echo on Friday night/Saturday morning and was talking to some friends while we waited to cross at the corner of Sunset and Logan. We heard popping noises and made a joke about possible gunfire; I only wish now we didn’t make that joke and had actually taken it seriously.

    We saw no one running at the time of the shots; my guess is that the victim could have come from a different part of Sunset (or maybe even off a cross street). There were many people out around that intersection because a concert at the Echo had just finished and El Prado was quite crowded.

    Very sad situation and I hope everyone learns that, even though Echo Park is a much better area than it was a few years ago, it’s still not 100% safe. My thoughts are with the victim’s family.

  13. @shadowpark….I know your message was heartfelt and meant well, but I would have to respectfully disagree about Echo Park and that especially now is just the time to go and visit there – otherwise these creeps who did this win again.

    I did not know Michael (though am sure I must know him by site from TJ’s) but I am guessing from the lovely and classy statement from his mom and the posters here who knew him that he would want people to come to, and support Echo Park rather than give in to the creeps who took his life. (If anyone who knew him thinks otherwise please weigh in).

    Again, please know I’m not knocking you at all here…just drawing a different lesson from what I read of a guy (Michael), who from the accounts here sounds unusually great.

  14. Condolences to the family. What a terrible loss.

    I am troubled by all the people posting on this website (this is the third story on this incident), who appear to have witnessed the incident. Some provide quite a bit of detail regarding what happened. But none confirm that they have spoken to the LAPD. You really do have a moral obligation to do so. You owe it to a grieving mother and baby daughter to come forward to help solve the crime. It’s cowardly to post details on the website that you won’t provide to the LAPD. Truly cowardly (or are you just lying?).

  15. @Cristi: AGREED.

    It is very disturbing indeed, and morally questionable to boot! Please come forward witnesses, and report what you saw for the record.

    Also, where IS Lt. Buhrmeister who is normally so active and informative on this website?? Your insight is always appreciated.

    I am heartbroken over this lovely man’s passing, the grief of his family, coworkers, and friends. He seems to have touched the lives of many just be being his authentic self.

    In spite of this incident, I do not feel any less safe in this beautiful and unique neighborhood I am proud to call home.

  16. RIP homie… was supposed to see ya the next day. Much love ya memories live on. You were looked out for me during critical times, we had great times together. Im so sorry, my heart goes out to ya, jeanie, oliver, sayla, veronica, michael.
    See ya when i get there homie

  17. As a mother and human being my heart goes out to his friends and family. I knew this young wonderful man from the neighborhood and trader Joes and I can not recall even once when he didn’t greet me and my family with a smile or kind words. This is beyond upsetting and although I didn’t know him well-not even his name, until now- I can’t believe he is gone. I wish there was something else to say, too terrible for words, honestly makes me feel like crying… I’m so sorry for his mother and little girl

  18. Mick was larger than life. He had the biggest personality. There was no off switch on that guy. We shared so many of the same experiences growing up. I miss that guy. He always had these funny sayings that I always assumed were lyrics from rap records, but I think he made a lot of them up himself.

    “If you can’t beat ’em, jock ’em, just don’t knock ’em.”

    REST IN PEACE

    AND YA DON’T STOP!!!!

  19. my condolences. I really hope they catch the bastards that did this fast !

  20. Dear Jeanne — I am so sorry for the senseless death of your son and wish his daughter and your granddaughter peace.

  21. I WAS TRUELY SADENED WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS OF ONE OF MY CLOSE FRIEND MICKEY WAS A GREAT FRIEND AND A LOVING FATHER U WILL BE TRUELY MISS HOMIE AND IM GLAD I HAD U IN MY LIFE AND MY FAMILIES LIFE .HOPE JUSTICE WILL CATCH THE COWARDS THAT HAVE DONE THIS SENSELESS ACT TO A LOVING FATHER AND A GREAT FRIEND LOVE U MICK U WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN …………HALOE & FAM

  22. RIP big homie. I will always remember the good times we had on East Virgo. The times we would go downtown or to a hip hop show. You always had that big smile on your face that every one will remember. My heart goes out to his mom and two kids all friends and family. Thanks for letting me call you a friend. RIP MAD ONE.

    B

  23. Thank you, Jeanne, for sharing here with us during your time of utmost sorrow. Know that there are many who share it with you and your family. God bless and help you and may you find peace.

  24. I just want to tell Jeanne David that your son was a great guy and a great friend, I had the pleasure of working with him at two different Trader Joe’s, Studio City and Silverlake. I remember before his daughter was born he was so excited, I knew he would be a great father. I’m so sorry for your loss! My prayers and many go to you and his family forever!!
    -Robert

  25. R.I.P HIP-HOP Your first words when you call “waddup hip-hop”!!!!!!! will always be in my heart. your love your soul and what you made me became to be……”a better man”. yours truly LIFERD

    will always be by my side “RECK”

  26. I can’t believe this happened. Yet another one goes too soon. You will be missed by all who ever knew you brother. No words….. RIP

  27. My heart goes out to his loved ones and especially his young beautiful daughter. For those who knew him..he is such a wonderful loving Father. He loved his daughter so much..just by seeing the way he takes care of her would melt anyone’s heart. I can’t seem to take in this tragedy. Once I heard of his death my heart dropped onto the floor. The first thing I thought was my boyfriend and I just saw him and his daughter four days ago. I’m in shock. Mickey is a great friend of my boyfriend. I’m thankful to have met him. I maybe not as close to him as many of those who have known him well, but all I know is that he has a good heart. He didn’t deserve this. His life got taken away so quickly. I hope those who know about this incident shall come forward to shed light on this tragedy. Rest In Peace.

  28. This is just devastating. My heart goes out to your family. Mickey you are truly going to be missed by many. You have touched so many lives that will never forget you. Till we see you in heaven RIP homie.

  29. Insane this random murder happened just after the running over the kid on the bike random murder.

    They both sound eerily similar.

    Be safe Echo Park!!!

  30. Also a brutal murder this weekend in mid-city. A 30 year old friend of a friend was inexplicably shot in the head walking to his apt from his car. So sad. All this senseless violence taking sons, fathers, brothers.

  31. Good morning,

    The homicide unit is following up some fairly promising leads, however I am not able to disclose those leads at this time, lest it hamper their investigation. If anyone does wish to speak to one of the handling detectives, they can phone the unit at (213) 484-3050 or (213) 484-3641. You may also call or e-mail me. As always, any communication with me or the homicide unit will remain between us, unless otherwise agreed to by the caller. I’ll keep in contact with the detectives, and as developments occur, I’ll keep the readers apprised.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  32. What a tragedy. Mickey, it’s been almost a decade since I last saw you, but you are in my thoughts and will be missed. My condolences go out to his family. One Love.

  33. mick, man u have always been a soldier in my eyes. more heart then anyone could ask for in one individual. And i too was first introduced to the world of graff and soooo much more by u. reading all this is more sad then a lot of others in my life that were close to me that have past. its been a while homie but i will never let u leave my mind. -one father to another…… much love.

  34. This is just horrible. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  35. I knew Michael personally he was patient of mine! He was always in such a great mood ! Always came in with his beautiful daughter. It was truly a shoker to find out about his death.. the entire staff was in shock and we were sad all day! We will truly miss him he was just an amazing young man.. May God bless his family in this difficult times!

  36. There are not to many words that can explain how I feel right now…Mickey was like a brother to me, and always will be. I cant believe he is gone, it shows you just how quick you can be taken off the face of earth. I love you Mick Doja!!!!! Thank you for being such a great friend and mentor to me and my young knuckle head ass…you D…re, Moose, Steve and the rest of our crew thought me so much about life and how not to be such a hot head all the time… even though you were just as bad as me you always tried to talk sense in to me. Though you are not here in person your positive spirit, and smile will live though all of us who you had such a great influence on….I had so many great time’s with you and the MOMO Bandits LOL, I will never forget them…Thanks Dog for being such a great friend, and as long a I live I will never forget you…ONE LOVE…OUT!!! R.I.P MICK DOG!!!!See More

  37. Micheal Davidwas a pt of ours, everytime he would come in he had a huge smile on his face. His laugh was very catchy. He had a beautiful little daughter that he loved very much. She loved her daddy so much too!! He was a great pt and i remember the last time he was in our office he put pony tails on her hair =’/. Told the assistant “look my daddy made me look like u”. Michael achieved the beautiful smile he had, but wanted perfection. We will truly miss you. <3 K.F.D.G

  38. I love u dad. This is his son i will always know u r watching over me. I love u i wish this never happened.

  39. my condolences to the family. i feel your pain. i pray that these guys get caught. sounds to me like cowards with a gun tried to rob him. i pray hard that God comforts his daughter and family and that those idiots are busted and do life in prison.

  40. SAYLA,VERONICA,JEANNIE & FAM, MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY. I WILL FOREVER MISS MICKY & HIS BEAUTIFUL PERSONALITY ! HE ALWAYS WALKED IN OUR SCHOOL AS HE DROPPED OFF HIS BELOVED LIL’ GIRL. HE WAS A LOVING FATHER & A GOOD PERSON ! THESE ANIMALS NEVER THINK OF THE LONGTERM EFFECT THIS HAS ON THE FAMILY OR THOSE LEFT BEHIND. THEY MAY THINK THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT , BUT TRUST IN GOD THEY WILL BE CAUGHT !!!!! MICKY’S FRIENDS NEED TO COME FORWARD & SAY WHAT THEY SAW. IF FOR ANYTHING DO IT FOR HIS DAUGHTER,WHO WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO HAVE DADDY HOLD HER,COMFORT HER,SPEAK TO HER,OR KISS HER GOODNIGHT AGAIN. PLEASE ANYONE HELP BRING PEACE TO THIS TRAGIC LOSS ! REST IN GOD’S LOVE “MICKY”.

  41. RIP Mickey, you always made me laugh and smile…im sure you did the same for others…this is so senseless 🙁 God bless your family

  42. When i heard the news of micky being shot dead so many thoughts and feelings ran into my mind.. but after dwelling over this i finally know how to word this: Micky was everything you hear from other.. that’s why i feel in love with him. He did always try to think positive and even tried to make me understand his point of view. i can say i learned something from his death, life is too short. Micky you did a great job with your little one, wish michael could have known u better but god has his reason’s. I am happy to hear about how good of a dad u became, i know u are a god guy too, i hope sayla is with her grandma right now and i hope u are watching over them.. i know how hard this is one all your friends and family, i just wanted u too know u will be missed my us and i am sorry micky… i will always love have since 10th grade and u know i still did.. only you and i know what we had but glad i had your seed, i get to see you and your smile in michael daily.. and trust me he has traits like you..great artist too wish i could scan his latest drawing,looks like both your kids have that jean. My your soul rest in peace and dont forget to watch over our son.. that Saturday micky i woke a felt something was wrong.. u know how i am when it comes too you.. i feel it even if i am not there.. then i get home Monday and by Tuesday i hear.. wounder why that Saturday i just stood watching the planes land from my hotel room. See you some day again.. always in my heart

  43. Rest in Peace, Micky…
    You were a good friend, and always had such a positive outlook and spirit. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family; he loved them so much. I was always impressed with how easily he could talk to anybody. He loved life, and was always such a positive person, even when life threw challenges at him- he never let it get him down. He never wasted a moment on anything negative. He was such a cool guy…I miss you so much, Micky.

  44. @ Lt. Wes Buhrmester, Rampart Patrol Division
    It’s so kind of you to post a comment regarding the investigation. I know that everyone is concerned that the appropriate people are stepping forward with information about that night. Thank you for letting us know that you are making progress towards finding the person who did this. Go get him!!!

  45. There is a small vigil on the sidewalk at the corner of Sunset and Logan (pictured at the top here). People have been leaving flowers and notes. Come by if you’re so inclined. It would be cool to see it get really big!

  46. Im so sad to hear what happen Mickey. Im so glad I got the chance to meet you in my lifetime. Your spirit your energy the best thing about you was LOVE that you shared with everyone you knew. Your gonna be missed so much. I hope they get the coward that did this to you. My thoughts & prayers go to out to Jeanie & Sayla GOD BLESS!

  47. wow he will be deeply missed
    the person who brought the party just died
    rip mad one

  48. to: jeanne,veronica,oliver,sayla,michael,heather,and to everyone else that was ever blessed by the prescence of our fallen brother,i give my deepest sympathies and pray to god that all of you get through this senseless tragedy.R.I.P. MICK…I LOVE YOU!..UNCLE MOOSE(he always called me that,god i miss him)…..

  49. Jeanne and Oliver,
    my very deepest and sincere condolences to you both. I remember all the good times micky, oliver noah and molly shared together, i cannot imagine what you are going through and wish no mother has to experience losing their child in such a tragic, senseless, extremely sad circumstance. i’ve tried to find you over the yearys without any luck. i ‘m praying for peace and solace for you and oliver and your granddaughter. you have a lot of love in your life and a lot of love you have lost with the departure of micky. my heart goes out to you at this most devastating time.

    tobey b.

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  51. This is horrible. I cant believe this happened to such a good person, I hope sayla is taken care of. My condolences to the family. RIP Bro. You will always be in our thoughts.

  52. Moose, thanks for acknowledging michael, He is old enough to get on the computer at his friends house.. I can not keep him in for ever so he may get on again to read and i want to thank you and james for the acknowledgment of my son.. micky will be missed and we as his true friends know who he is and what a great person that was inside of him…

  53. I was very sad to hear of Micky’s passing. I worked with him at TJ’s in Vegas. He was such a fun guy and would always flash that smile whenever you needed it. To his family, I am beyond sorry for your loss.

  54. michael higuera

    Still can’t believe the homie is gone. Mic was a homie from pac grove an my roomate in SD. I remember my second day in sd fresh out of a small town. Ended up in county jail one nite for some dumb shit an one hour later rolls in Mickey too. Haha he aways had a positive attitude and outlook no matter the weather. Big love for the homie wreck one. Hope they catch those cats soon big mic u will be missed an me ninja are blowing big for u right now g. Love u main. Peace an love to ur moms son an daughter. Jah bless

  55. A Friend of Micky's

    Micky, It’s been many suns and many moons and not one has passed over my head without thinking about you, my friend. I miss you. I look out the window and smile seeing you and Sayla stopping by to say hello and share a glass of wine. The summer sky is gone but your face brings a warm familiar smile to my face. Memories of you are still here when I catch the clock at 4:43. I’ve seen what a good father you were and hope to one have a child to pass on the love I have witnessed countless times. You, Micky, were Sayla’s Entire world and She will forever be carrying your spirit and your Love in her Heart. Blessed Love, Breddren.

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