Mark Everett – former child-star killed in LA

mark-everettMark Everett born as Manuel Benitez, was a former American child actor in Hollywood films. He was a fugitive wanted by the FBI for the bludgeoning murder of Stephanie Spears in Hawthorne in 2004. He was reported shot and killed by police officers responding to a hostage situation in El Monte, California on Wednesday.

Everett was killed after a 2-hour standoff as he held his 7-year-old son hostage in a restaurant, the authorities said. The boy was reported wounded.

El Monte police Detective Ralph Batres said the standoff began after an officer noticed a man take a boy off the sidewalk and head to a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall. Benitez ignored the officer’s orders to stop and barricaded himself inside, Batres said. [via AP]

The sheriff’s statement said Benitez also went by the names Mike Evers and Manuel Velasco.

Mark Everett was only nine years old when he began his acting career. He was fairly successful, starring in commercials, TV shows and movies. His roles included parts in Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool!, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Stand and Deliver. He also appeared in the TV shows, Galactica 1980 and Highway to Heaven.