3 Arrested in Christmas Murder of Young Mother
The 25-year-old mother was shot in front of her 3-year-old daughter.
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Kashmier James was killed Christmas Day in front of her child. (KTLA-TV / December 25, 2010)
25-year-old Kashmier James was shot dead on December 25, 2010 in the 1700 block of West 85th Street while visiting friends.
On Tuesday, eight months after the shooting, the Los Angeles Police Department said three suspects were were taken into custody.
They face charges of murder, attempted murder and gang allegations, detectives say.
James had just finished celebrating Christmas night in L.A. and was on her way home to Riverside when she stopped at a friend's house on 85th Street and Western Avenue.
Police say two men in a dark blue vehicle drove up and opened fire.
The suspects fired at least nine shots, one of which hit James in the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her 3-year-old daughter was in the back seat of her car. She was not hurt.
The motive for the shooting is still unknown but police believe it is gang-related. James' family thinks it was a case of mistaken identity.
A few days after the shooting took place, the office of City Councilman Bernard Parks held a news conference, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
At that time, the heartbroken father of the toddler, Chris Jackson, said, "I need justice for my 3 year old daughter. This is crazy...take a nice woman like that from everybody."
According to reports, Jackson had just proposed to James and the two planned to be married next year.