The Westchester High School Alumni Association has dedicated its inaugural holiday toy drive to the memory of alum John Atterberry, who was killed in a shooting in Hollywood earlier this month.
The alumni association held the toy drive, hosted by Raw Development, Inc and its community partner Buffalo Wild Wings, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Dec. 17. All toys collected were donated to the Los Angeles Urban League in honor of Atterberry, an alumni association spokesperson said.
Atterberry, an entertainment executive, was killed after police said 26-year-old gunman Tyler Brehm shot at people as they drove through the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood Dec. 9. Atterberry, 40, who was struck in the face and upper torso as he was sitting in his Mercedes-Benz, was the only seriously injured victim, police said. He later died of his injuries.
Police shot and killed Brehm at the scene.
Atterberry worked as a vice president of Death Row Records, the label that produced albums for many of the most prominent names in West Coast hip hop, including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur. According to the Westchester High Alumni Association, Atterberry was also an avid Westchester High alum who supported fundraising, mentoring, and volunteer efforts in support of Westchester students.
This past year, Westchester High transitioned from a public school to a magnet program which now focuses on enriched sciences to include three magnet programs: sports medicine and health, environmental sciences and natural science engineering programs.
Westchester Alumni Association President Joseph Martin, had some concerns with the transition such as the inclusion of the students who live in the matriculation pattern of the school being rerouted to other schools, but touted efforts like the toy drive.
“Although we are not thrilled with the way the process was handled, the Comet alumni will continue to support the endeavors of the school, its students, and its programs and what better way to show our support at the tail end of the year than attempt to raise funds and toys for the underserved kids in the community,” Martin said.
Buffalo Wild Wings will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to the Westchester High Alumni Association for the support of the school’s programs and events.
Thomas Reese, president of Raw Development and Westchester High alum who sponsored the toy drive, said, “I have always had a heart for children and even more so today as I witness many tragedies of young folks senselessly struggling and dying in the streets like our classmate John.”