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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormon 11-year-old Boy Shot Saturday, in Grave Condition
Los Angeles Times 15Feb00 D2
By Louise Roug: Special to the Times

LYNWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- 11-year-old Phillip Talalima is in grave condition at UCI Medical Center after he was shot in the head on Saturday night. His family is praying for his recovery while he lies in intensive care struggling to recover.

Talalima had attended an activity at a Mormon church in Santa Ana and then gone with his family to a relative's house to play. He and his friends became hungry and decided to go to Jack in the Box. Borrowing money, Talalima kissed his mother goodbye and left with his brother and friends.

Police say that the boys evidently stopped and looked at some bikes parked in front of a North Gates Street residence when a neighbor came out shouting at them. The startled boys ran in several directions, and witnesses heard four or five gunshots. The Police then found Talalima lying in the road and took him to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

At the hospital, family members told reporters that Phillip was a good, obedient kid. His mother, Monalisa Talalima said, "He would always help out. He'd say, 'Mom, go to bed. I'll do the dishes,' "


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