Category Archives: Girl

Killed – Girl – Desirae Macias (Palmdale, CA)

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Palmdale, CA –

(FOX 11 / CNS) Desirae Macias … the 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head in a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale early Wednesday morning has died. According to a broadcast report, Desirae was taken off life support late last night shortly before midnight.

Three men have been arrested in the case. 22-year-old Jesus Peralta of Palmdale, 19-year-old Carlos Peralta of Palmdale and 20-year-old Eduardo Diaz of Little Rock.

It was on Wednesday around 12:48am when Desiray was shot in the head while sitting in the back seat of her family car. Her mother’s boyfriend got into an argument with several men at a gas station. That argument led to the shooting. The men chased after the family, shooting at their car several times. Desirae Macias was struck in the head. She was the only one injured. Three suspects believed to be gang members were arrested and charged with attempted murder.

http://www.myfoxla.com/story/23336571/7-year-old-desirae-macias-dies-from-gunshot-wounds

http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20130904/three-arrested-in-palmdale-car-shooting-girl-now-brain-dead

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20130906/2-brothers-charged-in-palmdale-car-to-car-shooting-death-of-desirae-macias-7

http://ktla.com/2013/09/06/brothers-charged-in-palmdale-shooting-of-7-year-old/

http://theavtimes.com/2014/02/04/brothers-plead-not-guilty-in-shooting-death-of-7-year-old-girl/

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Desiree-Macias-Palmdale-Girl-Shooting-Jesus-Carlos-Peralta-Life-Support-Donations-Family-222758031.html

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/family-palmdale-shooting-investigation-222321881.html

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/sep/06/local/la-me-ln-men-charged-girl-braindead-20130906

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/sep/06/local/la-me-ln-mother-desperately-tried-cpr-after-daughter-shot-in-head-20130906

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/dec/10/local/la-me-ln-brothers-arraigned-palmdale-girl-homicide-20131210

http://ourweekly.com/news/2013/sep/06/7-year-old-desirae-macias-dies-after-being-taken-l/

http://ktla.com/2013/09/07/benefit-car-wash-being-held-for-desirae-macias-2/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/desiree-macias-shot_n_3869469.html

http://laist.com/2013/09/06/7-year-old_girl_who_was_shot_in_hea.php

Triple Shooting – Wounded – Girl (Paradise, CA)

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PARADISE — A man allegedly shot a family of three this morning at a residence on the 400 block of Horseshoe Hill Drive.

The Paradise Post learned the alleged victims are a husband, wife and their 12-year-old daughter.

According to a neighbor, the male victim’s brother, who had moved in a couple of months ago, allegedly shot them.

At about 6:30 a.m., the Paradise Police Department received multiple reports of gunshots and yelling, according to a press release. Upon arrival, officers discovered three gunshot victims.

Nancy Taylor, 53, was declared deceased at the scene, according to Paradise Police. Rodney McClintock, 49, underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition. The 12-year-old girl also had surgery and is currently in stable condition.

According to a neighbor, the suspect allegedly came in shooting and left without saying a word.

Witnesses told authorities the suspect, Robert McClintock, 53, fled on foot down Honey Run Road.

OROVILLE >> A Paradise man was sentenced today to 34 years to life in state prison for a triple shooting on Labor Day 2013 that left one dead.

Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems sentenced Robert Frank McClintock, 53, to 25 years to life for the murder of McClintock’s sister-in-law, Nancy Taylor, then 53, on Sept. 2, 2013.

McClintock was also sentenced to the upper term of nine years for the attempted murder of his niece Chloe Taylor, then 12.

McClintock shot the Taylors and his brother, Rodney, then 49, at the family’s residence on the 400 block of Horseshoe Hill Drive, off Honey Run Road near the Skyway.

Police arrived at 6:33 a.m. and found Nancy Taylor dead. Chloe Taylor was shot in the hip and knee while Rodney McClintock had a round near his lower spine.

The surviving victims have made a full physical recovery, according to supervising deputy district attorney Mark Murphy.

http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20130902/3-pm-update-one-woman-dead-2-injured-in-paradise-home-shooting/1

http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20141113/paradise-man-sentenced-34-years-to-life-for-triple-shooting-that-killed-one/1

http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20130906/paradise-man-arraigned-for-triple-shooting-that-killed-1-wounded-2

http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/new-details-revealed-about-the-man-accused-of-shooting-a-family-of-three-killing-the-mother/21766954

http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/triple-shooting-leaves-mother-dead-father-and-daughter-hurt/21751824

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/paradisepost/obituary.aspx?pid=166899143

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicoer/obituary.aspx?pid=166908359

Triple Shooting – Wounded – Girl (New Orleans, LA)

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An 11-year-old girl was killed and two others, including her young cousin, were injured early Monday, when several gunmen opened fire on a house in Pension Town, according to New Orleans police. A spokesman for the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office identified the girl as Arabian Gayles.

She died hours after the 12:15 a.m. shooting in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street, where several other sleeping children ages 4 through 9 and two adults survived the barrage unscathed, police said.

Arabian’s 11-year-old cousin and a 38-year-old man suffered wounds that were non-life threatening, police said.

Arabian’s cousin, 11-year-old Paulreiona Cary, was shot in the hand, and 38-year-old Tommy Briggs was shot in the arm, according to accounts from police and family members. Their wounds were not life-threatening.

New Orleans police on Thursday announced six reputed gang members were indicted on charges stemming from the 2013 murder of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles.

Authorities said the the triple shooting that killed Gayles and wounded her 11-year-old cousin and a man at a home on General Ogden Boulevard was the act of gang members committing a robbery. Three suspects were arrested this week, and three others were already in jail on other charges.

The three men arrested Thursday are Chris Arana, 20; Roderick Taylor, 20; and Ronnell Martin, 18. The suspects already jailed were identified as Terry Green, 20; Jacshan Griffin, 18; and Jermaine Scott, 19.

Around midnight last Sept. 2, gunmen opened fired from outside the home in the 1300 block of General Ogden in Pension town, piercing the walls and striking Gayles in the head.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the NOPD with assistance from the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, arrested six individuals in connection with the September 2, 2013 shooting on General Ogden Street that killed 11-year-old Arabian Gayles and injured two others.

Three of the six individuals were arrested today.

20-year-old Chris Arana is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Arana as a member of the Breadwinners (M-Unit) gang.

18-year-old Ronnell Martin is charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Martin as a member of the Breadwinners (M-Unit) gang.

20-year-old Roderick Taylor is charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder.

The remaining three individuals were already in prison and will be rebooked with the new charges.

20-year-old Terry Green is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Green as a member of the MMG gang. Green is currently in Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated drug charges.

18-year-old Jacshan Griffin is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Griffin as a member of the MMG gang. Griffin is currently in Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated gun and drug charges.

19-year-old Jermaine Scott is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Scott as a member of the MMG gang. Scott is currently in Department of Corrections custody. He will be transferred to OPP and booked on the new charges.

In addition, all six of these individuals will be booked with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.

“Today’s arrests send a clear message that we will continue to be relentless in our efforts to go after the dangerous individuals who are terrorizing the streets of our neighborhoods,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. “I want to thank the men and women of the NOPD Homicide Unit, the MAG Unit and the NOPD Street Gang Unit for their hard work to bring these individuals to justice.”

The NOPD Homicide Unit has led this investigation since the incident occurred. Over the course of the investigation, the NOPD received information that the incident may have been a result of an attempted armed robbery by two known gangs involving drugs. Based on that information, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit joined the investigation which resulted in the multiple arrests.

“The people of New Orleans have demanded that the violence stop, and these arrests are proof that our law enforcement partnerships are working hard to make it happen,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We are holding these gangs and groups accountable for their actions. The rules have changed.”

Formed by Mayor Landrieu, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit was designed to focus additional resources on the groups of individuals who continue to commit acts of violence in our neighborhoods. As an integral component of NOLA FOR LIFE’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy, the MAG Unit consists of a partnership with New Orleans Police Department (NOPD); Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office (DA); Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO);Louisiana State Police (LSP); Parole Board of the Louisiana Department of Corrections; United States Attorney’s Office (USAO); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); United States Marshal’s Service (USMS); and the United States Probation & Parole Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/09/police_da_to_announce_mulitipl.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/09/arabian_gayles_new_orleans.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/09/triple_shooting_in_pension_tow.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/09/one_11-year-old_girl_shot_in_h.html#incart_m-rpt-2

http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/arrests-made-in-2013-killing-of-11yearold-arabian-gayles/28015746

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/03/arabian-gayles-new-orleans_n_3859640.html?

http://wgno.com/2014/09/11/nopd-arrest-6-in-arabian-gayles-murder-case/

http://www.nola.gov/nopd/press-releases/2014/20140911-nopd-makes-multiple-arrests-in-shooting-d/

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/10243828-171/orleans-grand-jury-indicts-6

http://theadvocate.com/news/6946360-123/two-11-year-old-girls-shot-early

http://www.fox8live.com/story/23433056/11-year-old-arabian-gayles-laid-to-rest-after-funeral-attended-by-hundreds

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theneworleansadvocate/obituary.aspx?pid=166904752

Triple Shooting – Killed – Girl – Arabian Gayles (New Orleans, LA)

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An 11-year-old girl was killed and two others, including her young cousin, were injured early Monday, when several gunmen opened fire on a house in Pension Town, according to New Orleans police. A spokesman for the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office identified the girl as Arabian Gayles.

She died hours after the 12:15 a.m. shooting in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street, where several other sleeping children ages 4 through 9 and two adults survived the barrage unscathed, police said.

Arabian’s 11-year-old cousin and a 38-year-old man suffered wounds that were non-life threatening, police said.

Arabian’s cousin, 11-year-old Paulreiona Cary, was shot in the hand, and 38-year-old Tommy Briggs was shot in the arm, according to accounts from police and family members. Their wounds were not life-threatening.

New Orleans police on Thursday announced six reputed gang members were indicted on charges stemming from the 2013 murder of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles.

Authorities said the the triple shooting that killed Gayles and wounded her 11-year-old cousin and a man at a home on General Ogden Boulevard was the act of gang members committing a robbery. Three suspects were arrested this week, and three others were already in jail on other charges.

The three men arrested Thursday are Chris Arana, 20; Roderick Taylor, 20; and Ronnell Martin, 18. The suspects already jailed were identified as Terry Green, 20; Jacshan Griffin, 18; and Jermaine Scott, 19.

Around midnight last Sept. 2, gunmen opened fired from outside the home in the 1300 block of General Ogden in Pension town, piercing the walls and striking Gayles in the head.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the NOPD with assistance from the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, arrested six individuals in connection with the September 2, 2013 shooting on General Ogden Street that killed 11-year-old Arabian Gayles and injured two others.

Three of the six individuals were arrested today.

20-year-old Chris Arana is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Arana as a member of the Breadwinners (M-Unit) gang.

18-year-old Ronnell Martin is charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Martin as a member of the Breadwinners (M-Unit) gang.

20-year-old Roderick Taylor is charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder.

The remaining three individuals were already in prison and will be rebooked with the new charges.

20-year-old Terry Green is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Green as a member of the MMG gang. Green is currently in Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated drug charges.

18-year-old Jacshan Griffin is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Griffin as a member of the MMG gang. Griffin is currently in Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated gun and drug charges.

19-year-old Jermaine Scott is charged with one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD has identified Scott as a member of the MMG gang. Scott is currently in Department of Corrections custody. He will be transferred to OPP and booked on the new charges.

In addition, all six of these individuals will be booked with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.

“Today’s arrests send a clear message that we will continue to be relentless in our efforts to go after the dangerous individuals who are terrorizing the streets of our neighborhoods,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. “I want to thank the men and women of the NOPD Homicide Unit, the MAG Unit and the NOPD Street Gang Unit for their hard work to bring these individuals to justice.”

The NOPD Homicide Unit has led this investigation since the incident occurred. Over the course of the investigation, the NOPD received information that the incident may have been a result of an attempted armed robbery by two known gangs involving drugs. Based on that information, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit joined the investigation which resulted in the multiple arrests.

“The people of New Orleans have demanded that the violence stop, and these arrests are proof that our law enforcement partnerships are working hard to make it happen,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We are holding these gangs and groups accountable for their actions. The rules have changed.”

Formed by Mayor Landrieu, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit was designed to focus additional resources on the groups of individuals who continue to commit acts of violence in our neighborhoods. As an integral component of NOLA FOR LIFE’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy, the MAG Unit consists of a partnership with New Orleans Police Department (NOPD); Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office (DA); Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO);Louisiana State Police (LSP); Parole Board of the Louisiana Department of Corrections; United States Attorney’s Office (USAO); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); United States Marshal’s Service (USMS); and the United States Probation & Parole Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/09/police_da_to_announce_mulitipl.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/09/arabian_gayles_new_orleans.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/09/triple_shooting_in_pension_tow.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/09/one_11-year-old_girl_shot_in_h.html#incart_m-rpt-2

http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/arrests-made-in-2013-killing-of-11yearold-arabian-gayles/28015746

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/03/arabian-gayles-new-orleans_n_3859640.html?

http://wgno.com/2014/09/11/nopd-arrest-6-in-arabian-gayles-murder-case/

http://www.nola.gov/nopd/press-releases/2014/20140911-nopd-makes-multiple-arrests-in-shooting-d/

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/10243828-171/orleans-grand-jury-indicts-6

http://theadvocate.com/news/6946360-123/two-11-year-old-girls-shot-early

http://www.fox8live.com/story/23433056/11-year-old-arabian-gayles-laid-to-rest-after-funeral-attended-by-hundreds

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theneworleansadvocate/obituary.aspx?pid=166904752

Double Shooting – Killed – Girl – Tequila Forshee (Miami Gardens, FL)

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Overcome with emotion, family and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night outside the home where 12-year-old Tequila Forshee was shot and killed.

She was inside her grandmother’s Miami Gardens home when bullets flew through a window late Wednesday night.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 42nd Avenue and 201st Street when a gunman or gunmen opened fire on the home, Miami Gardens Police spokesman Det. Mike Wright said.

Tequila’s grandmother, Tawanda Brown, had started braiding the little girl’s hair at her beauty salon, Ms. T Worldwide Beauty Salon, inside the Carol City Flea Market on Wednesday. When the shop closed at 7 p.m., Brown and her granddaughter left to finish up at home, said hairdresser Samara Thompson, who worked with Brown.

Tequila, with a giant smile and a playful nature, had been sitting on a living room floor as Brown tended to her tresses.

Around 11 p.m., Brown told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that she heard her dogs barking, looked out the window and saw several teenagers on bicycles on the street. Moments later, a hail of bullets tore through the front of the house, just missing several other children who were also there.

“Bullets just started storming in and I thought Tequila had just laid over to get out of the way,” Brown told CBS4. One bullet struck Brown in the leg; she was later treated.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Girl-12-Shot-and-Killed-Inside-Miami-Gardens-Home-219742871.html

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/08/15/girl-killed-when-shots-fired-into-miami-gardens-home/

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1954145.html

http://newsone.com/2682331/tequila-forshee/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/22/miami-gardens-girl-shot_n_4144394.html

http://www.local10.com/news/girl-killed-by-stray-bullet-family-says/21476668

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/tequila-forshee

Double Murder/Suicide – Killed – Girl – Karla Valeria Eguez Coca (Chicago, IL)

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Police say a mother and her 5-year-old daughter were shot to death in a double murder and attempted suicide on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Kelly Mariel Coca, 28, and her 5-year-old daughter, Karla Valeria Eguez, were found dead in their home in the 2800-block of South Kildare Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood.

A man identified as the woman’s husband and the child’s father also was found and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. Authorities were not making his name public.

Chicago police say all three had been shot in the head in an apparent double murder suicide attempt Monday night. They say the man was the shooter. His gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Police say they believe he shot his estranged wife and daughter, then turned the gun on himself. Mariel’s father lives just upstairs.

Coca’s husband lives in Miami, but he made his way Monday to Chicago home where Coca lives with her mother and sister. Her relatives described themselves as a big Bolivian family.

A 28-year-old Florida man who fatally shot his estranged wife and their 5-year-old daughter in his wife’s Little Village home before turning the gun on himself has died, authorities said.

Juan Eguez-Medrano, 28, was pronounced dead at 11:07 a.m. this morning at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

About 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, a relative called police after hearing shots from the floor below her in a home in the 2800 block of South Kildare Avenue. When police entered the basement unit, they found three people shot.

Two of them, a 28-year-old woman and her daughter, died on the scene, authorities said. Relatives identified them as Kelly Mariel Coca and Karla Valeria Eguez, respectively.

http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local&id=9204264

http://abc7chicago.com/archive/9204264/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-14/news/chi-authorities-man-who-shot-and-killed-his-wife-daughter-and-himself-dies-20130814_1_april-16-teachers-plan-districts

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/13/carla-eguez-kelly-coca-_n_3748787.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/father-kills-wife-daughter-chicago-survives-suicide-bid-article-1.1425328

http://hinterlandgazette.com/2013/08/kelly-mariel-coca-5-year-old-daughter-karla-eguez-killed-by-estranged-husband.html

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Kelly+Mariel+Coca+Cossio+%26-Karla+Valeria+Eguez+Coca&lc=7862&pid=166457682&mid=5635961

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Kelly-Coca&lc=6244&pid=167793625&mid=5724249

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=115393506

Mass Shooting – Killed – Girl – Aalaysha Carradine (Oakland, CA)

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11:54 AM: An 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in East Oakland on Wednesday night would have been a third-grader at Fruitvale Elementary School in the fall, an Oakland schools spokesman said today.

Troy Flint, of the Oakland Unified School District, identified the girl as Alaysha Carradine.

Oakland police said Alaysha was one of four people hit by gunfire when someone fired shots into an apartment at 3440 Wilson St. in the city’s Dimond District at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The other three victims are all listed in stable condition at hospitals.

Flint said one of the other people who was shot was 7-year-old Amara York, who is scheduled to start second grade at Fruitvale Elementary School this fall.

Police said the other victims are a woman and a 4-year-old boy, but haven’t released their names. Investigators have also not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.

This morning, there were seven bullet holes in the screen door of the apartment where the shooting happened.

That unit is one of five apartments at the white two-story building on Wilson Street, just east of Interstate Highway 580 near Fruitvale Avenue.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley alleged that reputed gang member Darnell Williams, a 22-year-old Oakland man, fired multiple shots into an apartment in the 3400 block of Wilson Street at about 11:15 p.m. on July 17 in retaliation for the shooting death of 26-year-old Jermaine Davis in the 1800 block of Derby Street in Berkeley about four hours earlier, at 6:52 p.m.

http://patch.com/california/berkeley/3-charged-in-killings-of-berkeley-man-8yearold-oakland-girl

http://sfappeal.com/2013/07/eight-year-old-killed-in-oakland-shooting-two-other-kids-injured/

http://abc7news.com/archive/9176998/

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http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_23689305/oakland-8-year-old-shot-dead-at-sleepover

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Death-penalty-to-be-sought-in-Oakland-slaying-of-5410600.php

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Co-defendant-cleared-in-Alaysha-Carradine-slaying-5139322.php

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/04/17/d-a-seeks-death-penalty-for-man-accused-of-fatally-shooting-girl-at-sleepover-in-oakland/

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_24865164/intended-target-oakland-girls-killing-arrested-murder-charges

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/alaysha-carradine-murder-two-gang-members-charged-in-slaying-of-8-year-old-oakland-girl/

https://oaklandnorth.net/2013/10/01/three-charged-in-alaysha-carradine-killing/

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23701416/oakland-mother-slain-girls-best-friend-speaks-out