Summarized by Kent Larsen
Gang Shooting Claims LDS Youth Preparing for Mission
Boston MA Herald 17Dec99 D2
by Jose Martinez and Laurel Sweet
MATTAPAN, MASSACHUSETTS -- LDS youth Omar Antoine, 19, who was preparing
to serve a mission, was killed about 6 p.m. Wednesday evening when one
gang shot at the car Antoine was in. Police believe the shooting was in
retaliation for a shooting the day before that left a gang member
Antoine's mother, Jennifer McKie, says that her son was with friends,
who urged him to get into a parked car for cover when a strange car
appeared. An unknown assailant then fired two shots into the car,
striking Antoine in the head and body. The friends rushed Antoine to a
nearby fire station, where firefighters were unable to revive him.
"They really got one of the good ones," said Jennifer McKie about her
son. Antoine had baptized her into the LDS Church two years ago,
following his own conversion in 1995. McKie is awaiting the arrival of
her eldest son, Levi, 21, who is serving an LDS mission in Fort
After joining the LDS Church, Antoine had promised his mother that he
wouldn't run with any of the area's gangs anymore. Instead, he worked
part time moving furniture with his stepfather, Leonard Jenkins, and
hoped to attend BYU following a mission. His mother says that she thinks
it was just his time, "God was ready for him. I truly believe God was
waiting for him on the other side. There were five of them in that car
and only he was taken."
One of the missionaries visiting the family last night told the Boston
Herald that Omar was a good person, "I've known Omar a short time but I
loved the kid. He had the biggest heart I ever met. The first time I met
him, I went to shake his hand and he hugged me," said Elder Talbot.
Police have made no arrests in Antoine's murder or in the previous day's
shooting, which they believe is related.