Merlin Santana who played one of Telma Hopkins's sons was shot and killed just a couple days ago out here in LA. He was sitting in a car and was gunned down. He also had been on Cosby, Steve Harvey and JAG. Now watching Getting By is going to be sad. He was probably about 14 or 15 when he played on Getting By. I think the news said he was 26 when he was killed.