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South L.A. shooting victim's family speaks

The family of 17-year-old Christina Salazar was distraught Thursday as they struggled with her death.

March 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The family of a young shooting victim is speaking out. A shooting suspect was arrested after a high-speed chase on Wednesday, and a second person has been arrested.

The family of 17-year-old Christina Salazar was distraught Thursday as they struggle with her death. They say she was killed over an argument with another woman.

"I was in school when I got the call, and I was on my way when they told me she died," said Crystal Salazar, the victim's twin sister.

Crystal Salazar is overcome with grief over the shooting death of her sister.

"She was sweet. She was always smiling. She cared for all of us, and she would always protect us," Crystal Salazar said.

Christina Salazar was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon. Two suspects are now in custody: 18-year-old Diana Garcia and her brother, 33-year-old Peter Garcia.

Garcia was arrested by police near his home at the end of a half-hour pursuit in South Los Angeles. Diana Garcia was taken away by an ambulance for an apparent gunshot wound to her leg. It is unclear how she was shot.

"She had a good heart, and she didn't deserve this," said Chris Garcia, a friend of the victim's family.

Thursday afternoon, family and friends, who gathered at a street-side memorial for Christina Salazar, say she was killed over a dispute with another girl in the neighborhood.

"I think it was just personal stuff, I don't know," Crystal Salazar said.

"She got into it with some girls, and one thing led to another. Just jealousy, I think," said Chris Garcia.

The victim's family says she moved here from Ontario just a few weeks ago to attend Los Angeles Trade Technical College and to help an older sister with babysitting.

As for Diana and Peter Garcia, the LAPD says they are being charged with murder.