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Kendrec McDade Autopsy Revealed 7 Gun Shot Wounds, 3 Fatally Slicing Arteries (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 05/11/2012 5:08 pm Updated: 05/14/2012 7:20 pm

An autopsy conducted on Kendrec McDade, the 19-year-old who was fatally shot by Pasadena police in March, revealed that he received seven gun shot wounds.

None of the bullets struck him in the back, and three shots were fatal because they sliced through arteries in his lower abdomen and upper right arm, the Republic reports.

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After the autopsy had been kept sealed from the public, the president of the Pasadena branch of the NAACP said that the release of the autopsy results, although not complete, put to rest concerns about police transparency, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.

However, the McDade family's attorney, Caree Harper, said the news came too late. "They always have to be forced to give up information," she said. "It's their clear pattern and practice - don't release information until their back is against the wall."
In fact, the full details of the autopsy are not expected to be released until next week, the Los Angeles Times reports.

McDade was shot by police officers who were responding to a 911 call reporting that McDade and another teen had robbed the caller at gunpoint. However, the caller, Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez, later admitted to lying by saying that McDade had a gun so that police would respond more quickly. In fact, McDade was unarmed.

McDade's family believes racial profiling was involved and has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and a claim against the city of Pasadena and five officers.

The two officers involved, Jeffery Newlen and Mathew Griffin, have been placed on paid leave pending four investigations, including one by the FBI.

The 17-year-old who accompanied McDade has pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft and to a misdemeanor count of failing to register as a gang member.

UPDATE: At a news conference Saturday, Harper said that McDade's parents are concerned that the autopsy indicates one bullet entered their son's back, contracting the police assertion that none of the shots hit his back, the Times reports.

In a federal lawsuit, the teen's parents allege that the police are trying to cover up wrongdoing and that McDade, after being shot seven times, was left on the street for a prolonged period of time without receiving first aid.

Click through photos of Kendrec McDade and friends and family mourning his death:

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  • Kendrec & Keion McDade

    A photo released by the McDade family shows Kendrec McDade kissing his baby brother Keion in March 2012. Kendrec McDade was shot and killed by Pasadena police March 24, 2012 who believed the 19-year-old college student to be a robbery suspect. (AP Photo/McDade Family)

  • Kaya & Ryan McDade

    Kendrec McDade's cousin, Kaysa McDade, left, gets a kiss from her niece, Ryan McDade, 5, as the family mourns Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching into his waistband, according to police. The police were chasing McDade, believing him to be one of two thieves who had just robbed Oscar Carrillo, who had told police that McDade was armed. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Family members and students mourn Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Maressa Loera

    Asuza High School student Maressa Loera, 17, mourns her friend, Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Family members mourn Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student, seen in family photo collage at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Family members mourn Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Felicia Taylor

    Felicia Taylor, right, an aunt of Kendrec McDad, consoles a member of the McDade family, as they mourn Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Asuza High School student Maressa Loera, 17, second from right, prays with family members as mourning her friend, Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • In this undated family photo Kendrec McDade, then a high school student is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching into his waistband, according to police. The police were chasing McDade, believing him to be one of two thieves who had just robbed Oscar Carrillo, who had told police that McDade was armed. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • A candle with the photo of Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student, is shown at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching into his waistband, according to police. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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