Charley Ford, Noted Skateboarder, Murdered In Compton

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Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 8:08 AM

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  • Charley Ford / Facebook
An up-and-coming skateboarder named Charley Ford was fatally gunned down as he sat in a car in his hometown of Compton over the weekend, authorities said.

The 24-year-old's death was quickly lamented by local skaters and friends on Facebook, who started an RIP Charley Ford page.

Here's what sheriff's officials say happened:

Deputies rushed to the 2100 block of Wilmington Ave. on Sunday at 4:34 p.m. based on reports of a shooting.

Sheriff's officials say Ford was seated in a car along with another man and a 10-month-old baby when someone ran up, opened fire, and then fled on-foot south on Wilmington.

It doesn't seem clear if Ford was the intended target, but the other two inside the vehicle weren't injured, deputies say: The department pointedly says the suspect "started shooting into the car at the victims."

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Ford was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The skater's Facebook page says he went to Dominguez High School in Compton. He was said to have been a fixture at an area skatepark.

Video posted to YouTube shows him take on pro-level street skating with exceptional flow, fearlessness, and aplomb. Many condolences were left on this RIP clip.

Anyone with info on the attack was asked to call detectives at 323-890-5500.

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  • Charley Ford / Facebook

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