A high school student from California who has been charged with murder has been allowed to return to classes alongside fellow students in the six weeks since the incident.
Cameron Terrell, 18, was arrested with two other teenagers in an October 1 shooting in 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 who asked where they were from.
One of the armed suspects fired multiple shots, killing Holmes, according to Los Angeles police. The suspects then fled in a vehicle driven by Terrell, police say.
Yet despite being charged with the most serious of crimes, Terrell has been allowed to continue his studies at Palos Verdes High School.
Two Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District officials confirmed toKTLA that Terrell was in class attended the high school, and was in class as recently as last week.
Terrell did not show up for school Monday, but several parents wanted him to stop attending classes on campus did, concerned for the welfare of the 3,000 other students.
Terrell, circled, was arrested with two other teenagers in an October 1 shooting left 21-year-old Justin Holmes dead. A homemade rap video shows Terrell as the lone white face in the crowd
Justin Holmes was killed on October 1st in broad daylight in what is widely beliegved to be a gangland shooting
The school has now finally changed its tune and said he will no longer be allowed on campus to attend classes and will instead attend an off-site study program.
Investigators do not believe Terrell fired the fatal shot but he has been charged with murder for his role in the crime.
If convicted, he could be sent to prison for at least 25 years to life.
Gang allegations were filed against all three defendants although two other juveniles have not been identified, however their cases are being transferred to adult court.
The crime which occurred broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon has drawn particular interest because Terrell is a white teen from an affluent suburban neighborhood.
A homemade rap video posted on YouTube appears to show Terrell as the lone white face in the crowd.
Terrell’s father is Donald Wayne Terrell, the president of New & Improved Media, a media consulting firm in El Segundo.
His mother is Debra Terrell, who operates an interior design business with clients primarily in the South Bay.
How he came to become involved with a predominantly black South Los Angeles gang is unclear.
Former Manhattan Beach police Chief Rod Uyeda, who has a child attending the school, told KTLA that he did not feel an adult charged with murder should be allowed to go to school while awaiting trial and is particularly concerned about possible retaliation.
‘They shoot up funerals. They shoot up schools. They shoot up people’s homes. They really don’t care who they hit,’ Uyeda said.