The man who hosted the “under 21” dance party at which a 14-year-old girl was fatally shot last month is a sex offenderr with a history of pimping, pandering and prostitution of minors, according to authorities.
The conditions of 43-year-old Kevin Love Kennedy’s parole from state prison after a 2004 conviction for pimping prohibited him from legally being near juveniles, said Sacramento County Sheriffs Sargent Tim Curran.
Furthermore, the July 11 youth-oriented event – which deputies say Kennedy organized, promoted and held in a space he rents but never had the appropriate business license for – was advertised as lasting until midnight, well after the county’s 10 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors, deputies allege.
Gunshots rang out at the Auburn Boulevard party 17 minutes after curfew began. Lanajah Nachelle Dupree of Sparks, Nev., was killed in the attack, and a 17-year-old was injured.
State parole agents arrested Kennedy on July 27 on suspicion of the parole violation, Curran said. On Wednesday, deputies added a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of minors for the broken curfew, Curran said.
Additionally, deputies said Kennedy faces a misdemeanor charge of violating a restraining order. That protective order was obtained by the owner of the Auburn Boulevard business complex where Kennedy rented two spaces – one for a recording studio, the other for his “Venue 4 Rent” business, Curran said.
The owner feared retaliation from Kennedy for cooperating with the investigation, Curran said.
Curran declined to explain how Kennedy violated that restraining order, other than to say the alleged violation occurred during phone calls that Kennedy,who was in custody at the Rio Consumes Correctional Center at the time, made to an employee of his.
Kennedy remains at the RCCC,where he could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
In earlier interviews with The Bee, Kennedy said he was not at the party when the shooting occurred. He also said the party’s promoter had assured him that his previous under-21 parties were peaceful events.
The day after the party, he was seen hugging Dupree’s cousin, who acted as a spokesman for the grieving family.
Curran said deputies suspect that Kennedy was the event’s promoter and have not been able to identify anyone else involved in the party’s organization or promotion.
He also said that deputies were able to place Kennedy at the party before the gunfire erupted.
Authorities have said a fight inside the venue that night prompted security guards to clear out the place. Outside, 19-year-old Jaivonne Flenory-Davis fired into the crowd, striking Dupree and the 17-year-old girl, according to sheriff’s detectives.
They suspect Flenory-Davis was aiming at rival gang member’s and that the victims were hit unintentionally. The older teen survived.
On July 15, detectives arrested Flenory-Davis on suspicion of murder and attempted murder . He is scheduled to appear in court again today.Kennedy is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ,Kennedy had served time in prison before the 2004 pimping conviction. Over the course of four earlier cases, Kennedy was convicted of prostitution of a minor under the age of 16, pandering, firearm possession,drug possession and domestic violence, CDCR records show.
As deputies investigated Kennedy’s involvement in the fatal July 11 party, Curran said deputies identified what they considered another lapse in judgment: Kennedy’s alleged promotion of a July 29 event at one of his rented properties called the “Smoke and Groove Tour.”
In promotional materials, Curran said,Kennedy hyped the event as a rap concert with a full bar, medicinal marijuana prescriptions available and free medicinal marijuana.
Deputies shut down the event before it could begin, and Kennedy faces no charges in connection with it.
Special Agent Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, said the event’s legality would have depended on who was writing the prescriptions, who was getting them (and why) and how much medicinal marijuana was present at the event.
Nonetheless, she was skeptical based on the description.
Said Gregory: “Odds are, it wasn’t going to be legitimate if they were just going to have people showing up and handing out (prescription) cards.”
By Kim Minugh/Sacramento Bee