Son of union leader slain in Echo Park pot clinic shooting

The 27-year-old man who was killed during the Thursday afternoon shooting at an Echo Park medical marijuana dispensary was the son of Los Angeles union leader Julie Butcher,  according to a posting on her Facebook page.  Butcher, who lives in Highland Park,  is a regional director with the service employees union SEIU 721.   Matthew Butcher, who worked at the dispensary,  died at the scene and another employee was injured during an attempted robbery at The Higher Path clinic.   Flowers and a candle (pictured) were placed by the boarded up front door to the building . The posting on the union leader’s Facebook page reads:

“Matt Butcher was shot & killed yesterday, when armed robbers broke into the Echo Park medical marijuana shop in which he was working. Matt was a kind, decent, quiet young man, who was extraordinarily loved by his parents Don & Julie Butcher … & his younger brother Steven. All abhor the senseless violence. RIP.”

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Butcher said of her son: “He would have given them anything they wanted. There’s no reason for anyone to die over marijuana.”

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