Parents Find & Kill Daughter's Pimp After Cops Fail to Help
The Cali couple tried to convince her to stay away from him
A couple is accused of murdering a man they say was their 17-year-old daughter’s pimp, according to the L.A. Times.
San Francisco parents Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado allegedly tracked Compton's 22-year-old Calvin Sneed across the state before finding and shooting him to death.
For some time, the couple had watched their daughter be lured by the alleged gang member (of the Nutty Block Crips) and had tried to persuade the teenager to break ties with him, but to no avail.
They sought help from law enforcement — also to no avail — and later added the girl to several missing and exploited children registries, as a juvenile runaway, according to their lawyers.
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After an alleged failed attempt to kill Sneed on May 27 - authorities believe the pair were also responsible for firing into his car - the couple succeeded on June 4 when Sneed was gunned down in his car at 2 a.m. near Candlestick Park. Gilton reportedly fired the shot from a .40-caliber weapon from a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV.
Sneed's father Charles told CBS, “Call him a pimp. Call him a gang banger. Paint the picture as worse as you want. The fact of the matter is, he didn’t deserve to die. That’s the bottom line.”
Dist. Atty. George Gascon said, "[I understand] the frustration that the parents must have felt.... But taking the law into your own hands is not an acceptable solution."
Gilton and Mercado deny they killed Sneed, but face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and one count of discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle. Both are being held on $2 million bail.