ECHO PARK — The car washes and online fundraisers held after a gang-related killing often attract donations from friends, family and neighbors of the victim. But an online fundraiser for the 20-year-old found dead last Saturday near an Echo Park stairway has apparently been supported by one of the nation’s wealthiest men: Edward P. Roski Jr., one of the developers of Staples Center and co-owner of the L.A. Kings and Lakers.
Roski, President of Majestic Realty Co., on Wednesday donated $1,000 to a GoFundMe.com campaign to help defray the funeral costs for Michael Robert Hannah, according to information posted on the fundraising site. Hannah, who police say was a gang member, died from a gunshot wound to the head in a crime that appears to be gang related.
The contributions attributed to Roski, who is worth an estimated $4 billion, and other fellow employees began appearing on GoFundMe after a relative of the victim who works at the firm sent a company-wide email asking for donations, according to a Majestic employee in Los Angeles. The Majestic employee said she was not aware that any of the company’s executives knew Hannah personally.
The donations were made as police are still trying to find the suspects and motive for the shooting of Hannah, who is a “documented Echo Park gang member,” said Capt. Jeffrey Bert with the Northeast Division. Family members have said that Hannah, who was known as “Stretch,” was shot leaving a restaurant. But Bert said there are conflicting and divergent stories about why Hannah was killed.
“I feel awful sorry for that kid,” Bert said.
It’s not clear if the killing was done by gang rivals or was part of an internal dispute, he said. There are no suspects in custody.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Northeast Division homicide detectives Ryan Watterson or Zesati at (323) 344-5744.
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