Friday, January 3, 2014

Murder LA 000039

via Find A Grave
Rodney Paul Craig was born in 1958.

An athlete at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Craig was interested in many sports but focused on one: baseball.

In 1977 he was scouted by the Seattle Mariners and spent a couple of years in the minor league.

In 1979 he started playing in the big leagues. Despite a shoulder injury in 1980 he participated in 86 games for the Mariners before they traded him to the Cleveland Indians, for whom he was in another 49 games.

In 1986, after 10 games with the Chicago White Sox, Craig's professional baseball career was over.

In the 2000's Craig was arrested several times. He did a three week stint in a Florida jail for trespassing.

In 2004 he was found incompetent to stand trial for assaulting a homeless man in Texas and visited a psychiatric hospital.

In 2013 he was a homeless man in Los Angeles. On August 17th he was settling down on the 600 block of Wilshire Blvd, near Hope St, when he was approached by a group oftransients. They told him to move to a different location. As he did, he tried to kick a dog belonging to one of the other men. He missed but the dog's owner attacked him. According to police, two other men joined the fight and one of them stabbed Craig. He was already dead when paramedics arrived.

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