Authorities Wednesday publicly identified a 57-year-old man found dead this week at a makeshift encampment in Oceanside.
A passer-by found the body of Kody Scott in a tent in an open area near the San Luis Rey River Trail about 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Scott was a former member of the Los Angeles gang the Eight Tray Gangster Crips, according to his Wikipedia page.
He claimed to have reformed in prison, joined the Republic of New Afrika movement, changed his name to Sanyika Shakur, befriended rapper Tupac Shakur and wrote a 1993 memoir called “Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member.”
A ruling on Scott’s cause of death was on hold pending completion of postmortem examinations.
— City News Service contributed to this article