Just after midnight on New Year's Eve, two women and two young children were on their way home from church. They stopped at Dr J's Liquor in Lincoln Park to buy a fireplace log.
A group of gang members pulled up and started shooting. Both women were killed. The 7-year-old was shot multiple times while he shielded the 2-year-old with his body. Remarkably, he survived.
This crime was so horrific that it made people pay more attention to what was going on in Southeast San Diego, a lower-income and predominantly African-American pocket of the city.
If you walk the streets in the area today, people still talk about the shooting and the lasting impacts it had.