Fredrick Martin, Jr. and his son, Fredrick Martin III
[L to R] Inglewood Mayor James Butts at the news conference surrounded by Inglewood Police Department spokesperson Lt. James D. Madia; Treina Embers, Martin’s cousin; family friend Dr. Michael Pratts; Martin’s sister, Micharri Pratts; friends: Teddy Fletcher and Jaaye Person-Lynn. (Photo credit: Isidra Person-Lynn)
A real live hero, Fredrick Martin gave his life for his son; he died so that his son might live
INGLEWOOD, CALIF. – Another senseless killing: Fredrick Martin, Jr. (Freddie Mac as he was affectionately known by his friends and family) was killed on the night of April 3 shielding his 8-year-old son from gunfire.
According to sources, Martin, his son and one of his best friends, Joey Hickman who happens to be the God father of Martin’s son, were cleaning out Martin’s garage when two unknown assailants ran into the garage and opened fire.
Martin dove to cover his son Tre and was hit twice by gunfire. He made it to the hospital but unfortunately didn’t survive surgery. Neither Martin nor Hickman are gang affiliated. He was 28 years old.
Martin III was grazed by a bullet and Joey Hickman was shot in the ankle. Both survived the shooting but are obviously mourning the tragic loss of Martin.
No suspects have been apprehended nor identified as yet. In a statement posted online, the family described Martin as a devoted father and has made a public plea for help in finding his killers at a press conference last Monday.
Also, a reward of $10,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever killed Fredrick Martin.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts, who was at the press conference and who knows the family personally said, “It’s an outstanding family, and this has put a hole in their heart that will never be filled.” Though specifics about investigation and suspects have not been released, since it is an ongoing investigation, the city and the police department are working closely together on the case but Martin is still not believed to have been involved in gangs.
Martin, graduated from Frank D. Parent Middle School in 1997 and went off to Westchester High School where he led his Frosh/Soph football team to an undefeated season playing the quarterback position. He continued playing football and doing well in the classroom eventually graduating from Westchester High School in 2001.
In 2003, Martin accomplished his greatest feat when he and his high school sweetheart, Ebony Delton, gave birth to their son, Fredrick Demetrius Martin III, (Tre). Tre immediately became the joy of Martin’s life and he dedicated himself to Tre like nothing he had ever done before. Tre was his main motivation for earning his college degree in Sociology from Texas Southern University in December 2006.
Upon graduation, Martin returned to Inglewood to be close to his family and friends, but mainly Tre. He started working for Kaiser and being actively involved in the rearing of his son. Though Ebony and Fred eventually decided to part ways, they always worked together to assure Tre had everything he needed.
In 2011 Fredrick Martin, Jr., married Amanda Grant and they conceived a child later that year.
In the fall of 2011 Fred and Amanda moved to a home in Inglewood next to his beloved grandmother Darley Tankey.
He and his wife, Amanda Martin, were expecting their second child; their one-year anniversary would have been on May 11.
He is survived by his son Tre, Tre’s mother Ebony, wife Amanda and their unborn child, mother Ilene, father Fred Sr., sisters Micharri Pratts, Star Martin, Taschae Martin, brother Tehadre Martin, great-great grandmother Janie Embers, grandmother Darley and grandmother Faye, as well as a host of cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
As you can imagine, this unexpected tragedy has hit the family extremely hard. Right now, community support will be greatly appreciated by the family as they are raising money to help take care of funeral arrangements and other family expenses. These donations will be split between the children and the family.
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