Calvin Sneed, 22, was gunned down in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, allegedly by Barry Gilton, 38, and Lupe Mercado, 37, who stand accused of tracking him across the state of California and shooting him to death, reports the L.A. Times.

Why would they do such a thing, you ask?

Because Sneed was allegedly pimping their 17-year-old daughter.

According to the Times, Gilton and Mercado first attempted to kill Sneed in North Hollywood. He eluded them then, but there was no avoiding the incident that occurred in Candlestick Park:

The L.A. Times reports:

Sneed, officials said, was gunned down in his car on June 4 at 2 a.m. by Gilton, who allegedly fired a .40-caliber weapon from a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV.

“We have substantial evidence to believe that this was a premeditated event,” Dist. Atty. George Gascon said Thursday.

Said Eric Safire, who represents Gilton: “There is some circumstantial evidence, and there’s certainly a motive, but there is no direct evidence that we’ve been made aware of.”

[The parents] were deeply concerned for their daughter, who left home about a year ago, Safire said. They had discovered that she was appearing in escort ads, and that she seemed to be working for Sneed.

“They … had come to learn that she was being unduly influenced by this fellow,” Safire said. “They encouraged her to stay away, and tried to get help to encourage him to stay away.”

Mercado’s lawyer, Tony Tamburello, said Thursday that law enforcement officials “jumped to the conclusion that because [the couple had] a motive, that they’re the people who are responsible.”

“They’re wrong. And they’ve been wrong before.”

Safire alleges that the couple had approached law enforcement and national organizations, but no one would listen to them. That’s when they allegedly took matters into their own hands.

“Call him a pimp. Call him a gang banger. Paint the picture as worse as you want,” said Sneed’s father to CBS News. “The fact of the matter is, he didn’t deserve to die. That’s the bottom line.”

Gilton and Mercado face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and one count of discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle. They are both being held on $2 million dollar bail. If convicted, they could face life in prison.

Their court date is scheduled for June 20.

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  • CurlySue

    I can’t believe the people on here saying that the girl shares some of the blame for her being pimped out. Do you have any idea the amount of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse an underage prostitute endures at the hands of her pimp and johns? And you expect her to make independent and informed decisions all the while I’m sure the pimp threatens to kill her in a most gruesome way if she leaves? GTFOH with this victim-blaming BS. These parents deserve medals. And all the “no one has a right to kill someone” feel-good crap, please. Become a parent and realize that your daughter is being raped daily and then tell me who deserves to live here. No wonder underage sex trafficking gets swept under the rug. Some people seem to think these girls ENJOY that life. Unbelievable. A true mark of a community is how they treat their children and women. So, um, yeah.

    • L-Boug

      I don’t think anyone is denying that she likely endured a variety of abuse at the hands of these men. I think people are questioning how she was even introduced to that lifestyle to begin with. How does a teenager even come into contact with a pimp? It’s likely she had emotional and or psychological issues before she even met Sneed.

      I still don’t believe the parents deserve a medal, I think it’s a terrible example to set for your daughter. That’s not how you solve problems, sorry.

    • Gsmk


      You seem to struggle to understand that pimping, and human trafficking transcends race and socio-economic. Questioning how a teenager comes into contact with a pimp is like asking how a victim meets their rapist or murderer. The answer is by living in the same world. many of these young women are forced into prostitution by people that they have known; or know As acquaintances. The frighting thing is that young men, often teenagers themselves Are involved in the acquisition of these young girls.

      Once you have been deprived of your physical liberty, please advise me how you escape being drugged, raped, and beaten.

  • That is what the heck Sneed got. More parents should be like the teenage girls parents and get rid of DBRs of every race. If it is one thing I can’t stand, it is a damn pimp. Lining his pockets from a woman laying up on her back.