BEVERLY HILLS—On Friday, June 10, Donald Trump traveled to Beverly Hills for a private meeting and a news conference. Trump was met by the relatives of Jamiel Shaw Jr., who was murdered by an illegal immigrant in 2008.
The relatives of Shaw joined Trump to show their support for his immigration platform.
On March 2, 2008, Shaw was the victim of a gang-related murder where he was shot twice near his home in Arlington Heights. He was approached by two Latino men three doors down from his house, asking what gang Shaw belonged to. When he failed to respond, he was shot in his head and back.
Shaw’s father heard the shots from inside the house and ran outside immediately. His father waited with him until officials arrived. Shaw was taken to the hospital and ultimately pronounced dead at 9:55 p.m.
The murderer was identified as Pedro Espinoza, who claims he mistook Shaw as belonging to a rival gang due one of the colors he was wearing.
Espinoza was in the country illegally. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death in 2012.
Shaw, 17, was a star on his high school football team. The Los Angeles High School running back was named the Southern League’s Most Valuable Player. Before he was killed, he was in the process of contacting colleges he might play for, receiving calls from Stanford and Rutgers universities.
His family joined Donald Trump on Friday at an undisclosed location. The candidate and the family also attended a news conference and an event at the Beverly Wilshire hotel together. Shaw Sr. was seen standing with Trump during the conference, showing his support for the candidate. Several other families who also suffered losses related to illegal immigration also joined him on stage.
Donald Trump recently came under some public ire after making remarks in reference to illegal immigrants. During his announcement to run for president, the Republican hopeful stated, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
Since making the comments companies such as Univision, NBC Universal, and PGA America have terminated business with Trump.
Trump responded to the heavy media backlash by claiming that his words are being taken out of context. He says media outlets are oversimplifying and taking out parts of what he said.