25 Years Later, Los Angeles Victim Follows in Dad’s Footsteps


As a child, Michael Lynn Presley II knew the path to his father’s grave site by heart. His mother brought him there each week. “Go find Daddy!” she would say, and the excited toddler would run into the graveyard and to his father’s headstone. Presley never knew his father in life: The elder Michael Lynn Presley was shot to death on June 23, 1987, in Los Angeles at the age of 27. Now his son has followed him, reports the city’s Times. Presley II, 19, was slain July 15 in Southwest Los Angeles.

Presley was standing on the sidewalk talking to a young woman, said LAPD Det. Vince Carreon. The suspects drove up in a dark compact car. Two of them got out and shot Presley from within about 15 feet, Carreon said. Presley was a Cal State Northridge student majoring in criminal justice and psychology. He had no known ties to criminal street life, police said. “Like history repeating,” Presley’s mother said last week, after burying her son on top of his father.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-history8aug08,0,1344099.story?coll=la-home-center

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