Saturday, June 30, 2012
A black 15-year-old gang member has been charged with killing a one-year-old Hispanic boy who was shot in the arms of his father on a South Los Angeles street
African-American Donald Ray Dokins has appeared in court and a judge has set his bail at $3 million. He did not enter a plea and his arraignment has been postponed until July 16, 2012. Dokins rode up on a bicycle on June 4, 2012 and opened fire on a crowd standing outside a South Los Angeles home. Angel Cortez Nava was fatally shot in the stomach as his father cradled him. The father, 24-year-old Mauro Cortez, was hit in the shoulder. The black gang member appeared in court and was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder as an adult, despite his age. A member of the Fudgetown Mafia Crip gang, Dokins was identified as a suspect within days of Angel's death and is believed by police to be a suspect in previous murders. Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department have accused Dokins of being a member of a clique within the Fudgetown gang called T.Funk Ridaz. Angel was being held by his father Mauro Cortez at the side of a car when the black shooter, riding on a bike fired several shots into the crowd around the vehicle. One bullet hit the child in the stomach and as he died was cradled in his father's arms, despite the fact that he had been shot in the left shoulder. The police believe that because Cortez had been wearing a purple shirt, which is the color of the Fudgetown gangs rivals the Barrio Grape Street gang, he was shot.