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* Hiram Lawrence Jr. is taken off life support

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Hiram Lawrence Jr., the 1-year-old boy who was critically injured in a mass shooting in West Oakland last week, was taken off life support this afternoon, according to his family’s attorney, Ivan Golde. The family’s pastor, Pastor Roosevelt Taylor, of the Tower of Faith Ministry in Oakland, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Golde said Taylor and Hiram Jr.’s family participated in a viewing after the boy, who would have turned 2 on Dec. 28, was taken off life support at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Hiram Jr.’s parents, Hiram Lawrence Sr. and Brittany Houston, had wanted to keep the boy alive but Taylor said on Thursday that they reluctantly accepted the results of two hospital tests that concluded that he was brain dead.

Lawrence Sr. and Houston had been skeptical of the test results but were satisfied after their family pediatrician met with the hospital’s doctors and told them that the tests were valid, Taylor said. Hiram Jr. was among seven people injured when attackers opened fire on a crowd of people outside a liquor store in the 700 block of Willow Street shortly after 6 p.m. on Nov. 28. A local rapper had just finished filming a music video there. Police have detained six people on unrelated charges but haven’t made any arrests in connection with the shooting.

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