Several parents took part in an informal protest Monday aimed at stopping a Palos Verdes High School student charged with murder from continuing to attend classes.
Cameron Terrell was arrested with two juveniles in the Oct. 1 shooting in the Manchester Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles that left 21-year-old Justin Holmes dead.
Holmes was walking with two friends when they were confronted by two armed suspects and asked where they were from. One of the armed suspects fired multiple shots, killing Holmes.
The suspects then fled in a vehicle allegedly being driven by Terrell.
Although investigators do not believe Terrell, 18, fired the fatal shot, he has been charged with murder for his role in the crime, the Daily Breeze reported.
Gang allegations were filed against all three defendants.
Two Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District officials confirmed to KTLA that Terrell attended the high school, and was in class as recently as last week.
Terrell did not show up for school Monday, but several parents who want him to stop attending classes on campus did.
Former Manhattan Beach Police Chief Rod Uyeda, who has a child attending the school, said he does not feel an adult charged with murder should be allowed in the school’s population of 3,000 students.
“I do believe, and I’d like to talk to the principal, that the education code does support his suspension so that he can focus on his studies at home,” Uyeda said.
Uyeda is also concerned about possible retaliation from the shooting putting current students in danger.
“They shoot up funerals, they shoot up schools, they shoot up people’s homes. They really don’t care who they hit,” Uyeda said.
Authorities stated in their news release they do not believe Holmes or his friends were involved in any gang activity.
Other parents said school officials have told them the district’s hands are tied on the matter.
The principal and superintendent have not yet replied to a request for comment from KTLA.