“I don’t want to die, mommy,” Teen with special needs killed after refusing to give up shoes

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) - Family members are mourning the loss of a 19-year-old teen who was shot and killed in front of his mother at a car wash.

Authorities say Tavin Price died after being shot multiple times on Friday near the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles.

The incident began when Price, who was at the car wash with his mother, left the business and went to a nearby store.

According to Det. Eric Crosson, with the Los Angeles Police Department, someone approached Price in the store and asked about the color of his clothing.

"He was confronted by someone who inquired about his possible gang affiliation because of some red clothing he was wearing," said Crosson. "He denied being a gang member and went back to where his mother was."

His mother, Jennifer Rivers, said Price was confronted again at the car wash by someone who told him to take off his shoes.

"He didn't take them off, he ran to me, and then I said, 'Let's go," she told KTLA. "And I was getting in the car. Before we can get in the car, the boy ran behind my car and shot him in the back twice and in the chest."

After hearing the gunshots, Rivers took off after the gunman.

"I just kept saying, 'Stop! Why did you shoot my son?" she said.

After the shooter fled the scene, Rivers went back to her youngest child.

"Watching my son beg me, 'Mommy, I don't want to die. I do not want to die, mommy. Help me," Rivers said, fighting back tears. "That's hard for me."

Tragically, Price died just days before his 20th birthday.

Family members and police say Price was not involved in a gang.

Crosson says it appears he was targeted because he "wore the wrong color in the wrong neighborhood."

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