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Kashmier James, 25 [Updated]

Kashmier Shari James (2010-12-25)

Kashmier James, a 25-year-old black woman, was shot and killed Saturday, Dec. 25, in the 1700 block of West 85th Street in Manchester Square, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Authorities said that after celebrating the Christmas holiday with family, James was heading home to Riverside when she stopped about 10:20 p.m. to visit a friend.

As James stood in the street outside her friend's home, two men in a blue Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up and stopped, police said. One of the men got out and fired nine shots at James, striking her at least once in the head.

According to coroner's records, she was shot in the cheek and both legs.

James was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 3-year old daughter witnessed the shooting from the back seat of James' car but was unharmed.

Police believe the shooting was gang-related.

[Update Jan. 7: LAPD Criminal Gang and Homicide Det. Chris Barling said Friday no arrests had been made in connection with the case. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Doug Pierce at (213) 485-4341. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.]

— Shan Li

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