Memorial Scheduled Friday for CSULB Student Killed in Compton Drive-by Shooting


Photo courtesy of the GoFundMe site for Estephan Hernandez who was fatally shot last Thursday.

A memorial will be held Friday afternoon for a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach student who was fatally shot last week outside his home in Compton.

In an email sent out to the campus community Tuesday, October 3, Carmen Taylor, vice president of student affairs, announced plans for a memorial on campus in honor of Estephan Hernandez who was a sociology and political science major.

“Our hearts go out to Estephan’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time,” Taylor said in the email.

Taylor called Hernandez an esteemed member of the campus and scholar who was on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in sociology next spring. He was on the president’s list of academic achievement for four semesters and was part of CSULB’s Men’s Success Initiative, a mentoring program that provides support to black and Latino male students.

“In addition to this heartbreaking event, our deepest sympathies, prayers, and thoughts are currently with all those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas,” Taylor went on to say. “It is truly difficult to make sense of these tragedies, both near and far, and I understand that many of you are impacted.”

Hernandez was having a conversation with a woman in a parked car last Thursday night outside his home near East 148th Street and Bahama Avenue when a black car traveling west on 148th pulled alongside and someone inside opened fire from the still-moving car, authorities said at the time.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after he was shot multiple times. The woman who suffered a single gunshot wound to her body was transported to a local hospital. She is expected to survive.

“Estephan was the best son, brother, cousin, and friend we could ask for,” stated Sarah Esc, who created a GoFundMe to help Hernandez’ parents with burial expenses. “He was a happy and compassionate young man who wanted to make a positive impact to those around him. He will be deeply missed by many friends, classmates, colleagues and family.”

Hernandez mentored young black and Latino male students in the community, according to the GoFundMe site. He served as class president at King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles where he graduated with honors in 2014. He was a first generation Chicano student and he would have been the first in his family to graduate from college.

“Please help us provide some comfort and peace of mind to a family that is deeply hurt by this hateful, unjust and unwarranted violence that occurred steps away from their home,” the post continued.

The memorial will take place Friday, October 6 at 2:00PM in the USU Ballrooms. To donate click here

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

CSULB students are urged to contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Office, via phone at (562) 985-4001 and located in Brotman Hall, Room 226, or the on-campus Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, which can be reached at (562) 985-7434 if any support is needed.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.