In Memory of CD 9 Community Heroes

The District 9 family is grieving the tragic loss of a well-known and respected South LA leader who died after contracting COVID-19. Leslie Hagan-Morgan was a prominent voice in District 9, a natural born leader and a man of action. 

Leslie served in many different roles within the District, including Boardmember for the CANNDU Neighborhood Council; program coordinator with Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA), one of South LA's leading gang prevention agencies; and also founded City of Youth, a local nonprofit. He was also very active politically serving as a Delegate for the CA Assembly’s 59th District.

“Leslie’s impact will live on through the work that he did across the District and the South LA communities he served,” said Councilmember Curren Price. “His leadership, passion and selflessness will be sorely missed.”


Also in mid-January, it was reported that longtime Exposition Park Department of Public Safety Officer Jesus Castillo passed away on Jan. 17 from complications associated with COVID-19. 

Officer Castillo was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a 20-year veteran of the Exposition Park Department of Public Safety. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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