Girl’s slaying at Sacramento event blamed on gang rivalry

Andy Furillo (The Sacramento Bee) | March 30, 2011

A chance meeting between members of two warring Sacramento street gangs sparked a shooting that killed an innocent out-of-town girl at a teen party last summer on Auburn Boulevard, witnesses told a hearing Tuesday.

The violence erupted when a group of unidentified teenagers recognized and then jumped a gang rival who had cursed them at a juvenile detention facility, sheriff’s detectives testified at a preliminary hearing for two young men facing murder charges.

It ended when a friend of the beatdown victim ran to a car, retrieved a handgun, came back to the fight and shot wildly into a crowd – killing 14-year-old Lanajah Nachelle Dupree, according to the detectives’ testimony.

“Cowards,” said Norman Dupree, 33, the father of Lanajah Dupree, after the Superior Court hearing. “If it was a gang fight they should have taken it up with each other and left all the innocent people out of the situation.”

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