Ice Cube Video Honors Slain Teen

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2008 4:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – The unlikely stars of Ice Cube's new video are the grieving relatives of a 17-year-old high school football star shot to death outside his home. The song "Why Me?" speaks out against senseless violence and gun crime devastating communities. "It just was a tragic, tragic story of why," Cube says. "Young people are dying for no reason all over the world that don't know why. It's ugly, everywhere."

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Jamiel Jr. Shaw had been on track for a scholarship when he was killed near his LA home, possibly because he refused to join a gang. The suspect is an illegal immigrant, which has raised the case's profile. The rap video begins with the tightly framed, sorrow-filled faces of Shaw's parents and aunt. "To drive this home, it was only right to use real family and not use a bunch of actors," Cube says. (Read more Ice Cube stories.)

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