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Grieving mom: I won't be intimidated by gang

October 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Since losing her daughter Anna Del Rio has devoted herself to helping other victims of crime. Now she believes she's being threatened because of those efforts. But she says she's not going to be intimidated.The threatening words were spray-painted on Del Rio's garage when she woke up this morning. The message said, "Ave 157" and below that, "187," the police code for murder. Del Rio believes a neighborhood gang is responsible and has targeted her because of her involvement with Crimestoppers.

Del Rio put out her own message - a photo of the daughter she lost 11 years ago. Theresa Del Rio, 20, was shot and killed while driving in Los Angeles in 1999.

"The person that murdered my daughter has gutted me already," said Del Rio. "He's taken my soul. He's taken everything from me. I can't feel the fear in me. I'm not afraid."

Del Rio is on the board of Crimestoppers and helps other mothers making posters and distributing flyers to help the victims of crime and their families. She said she thinks the gang members mistakenly believed she was a police informant.

"This is how I handle my grief and for them to put a hit on a grieving mother - I think that's really low, especially when they've got the wrong information," she said.

Police were investigating the matter and have stepped up patrols in Del Rio's neighborhood.