San Jose police identify 35-year-old mom killed in one of two weekend slayings

Mark Gomez (Mercury News) | May 30, 2011

Police say an altercation between rival gangs was responsible for one of two homicides that occurred in San Jose during the weekend, deaths that drove the city’s homicide count to 24 this year.

San Jose police on Monday also identified the woman who was shot to death in a Mercedes-Benz near Hellyer Park as 35-year-old Melissa Ross.

Police do not believe there is a connection between the two homicides.

Counting the two San Jose State students slain on campus earlier this month, there have been 24 homicides in San Jose this year, up from 20 all of last year. At this time last year, there had been 11 slayings. Six of this year’s homicides are believed to be gang-related.

While detectives are still trying to determine the circumstances and motive leading to Ross’ shooting, they do not believe her death was gang motivated.

The weekend’s first homicide was reported early Saturday morning in East San Jose during an altercation between rival gang members, according to police.

Investigators say 18-year-old Vincent Tran Le of San Jose was fatally stabbed. Le was taken to San Jose’s Regional Medical Center, where he died, according to Officer Jose Garcia.

Witnesses told police the two groups exchanged gang-related slogans and hand gestures before and during the fight in the 1700 block of Schulte Drive, near McKee and North King roads. Police believe Le was friends with members of one of the involved gangs, and the degree of his involvement, or whether he was an aggressor, remains under investigation.

Read more at: http://www.contracostatimes.com/crime-courts/ci_18171223?nclick_check=1

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