Slain Boy Had Predicted in Documentary He Would Die Young

A 15-year-old boy who predicted his own early death in a British documentary about post-riot Los Angeles was shot and killed in Leimert Park, police said Wednesday.

Enis Beley died shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center after being shot while walking with a girl near the intersection of 50th Street and 8th Avenue, said Officer Don Cox of the Los Angeles Police Department.

One of two people who had driven up behind the couple in a light blue Nissan Pulsar got out, shouted gang epithets and opened fire, Cox said. After Beley dropped to the ground and the girl ran away, the gunman “walked over to Beley and shot him several times as he lay helpless.”

Beley was 11 years old, unable to read or write but endlessly gregarious, when he and eight other Angelenos began making video diaries of their lives after the Los Angeles riots for the British Broadcasting Co.


The video, “L.A. Stories: From the Eye of the Storm,” aired in Great Britain but not in the United States.