Gordon A. Shanks, Seal Beach City Councilman, Loses the Compton Vote with Hair Salon Massacre Crack
"The city of Compton is a community of wonderful people who must deal with very harsh realities of life that most in your city could not imagine," writes Royce W. Esters, the nonprofit organization's president. "Not once in this city's history has anyone for any reason ever murdered eight people in a single act of violence."
Esters formed the association in 1997 "to eliminate racial discrimination and segregation, seek justice, education and opportunities for all minorities."
Compton had 24 homicides in 2010, the Los Angeles Times notes, while Seal Beach had one in the past five years before the Oct. 12 rampage.