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$50K reward offered in 4th of July teen death

July 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities Wednesday hoped a $50,000 reward will help solve the "heinous" killing of a 14-year-old girl who was gunned down while celebrating the Fourth of July in front of her home in the Pico-Union district. Daisy Garcia was fatally shot in the 1300 block of South Toberman Street about 10:20 p.m. that Sunday night, according to police.

The 14-year-old was watching fireworks with her family and neighbors when the shooting occurred. Police say that she was not believed to have been the intended target.

Authorities have revealed new details about the brutal shooting. They say a group of young men, possibly teens, saw the crowd of people that night and opened fire on them.

LAPD Capt. Steve Ruiz appealed for public help Wednesday during a news conference at the crime scene.

"There were approximately 50 to 75 people on this street," Ruiz said. "The suspects ... fired from about 60 yards just north of me, and fired in a southerly direction. What people did see, what they believed to be, were male Hispanics. Some of them were on bicycles and others on foot. There were possibly one to two shooters firing in this direction."

Many people feel that the $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible is just not enough.

"Absolutely not. The reward of $50,000 will not be a lot," said Gloria Farias of Los Angeles. "What we need is some help here. We need the police to come here and start walking the streets. We need some services out here to walk the streets. Put on some tennis shoes and start helping."

Garcia's family did not want to talk about the reward. According to a family friend, they know about the money being offered and she says that was all she could share.

The Los Angeles City Council approved the reward at the request of City Councilman Ed Reyes, who earlier described the murder as "heinous." Anyone with more information on the shooting was urged to call Rampart Station homicide detectives at (213) 484-3440, or (877) LAPD-24-7.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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