Luz Lara and her family frequently complained to city officials about the graffiti marring the wall surrounding their Compton home.
Her son, Juan Lara, would often paint over the tagging, which she said got little attention from city officials, who focused their efforts to remove graffiti from the nearby park instead.
Lara stood in front of her house sobbing Wednesday, because Juan, 22, is believed to be one of three victims of a gruesome shooting that occurred late Tuesday in the park.
“I don't know what to say," she cried. Lara said her son’s identity was confirmed by detectives. "My son was here last night and he went to...