Police paint portrait of fatal melee in South L.A.

Memorial for Shontae Treniece Blanche

Danny Moloshok / blankociated Press
Women visit a memorial for Shontae Treniece Blanche on the sidewalk of a South Los Angeles Union 76 gas station.
Brawl began as an argument about a man, then quickly escalated into violence.
By Richard Winton and Jean-Paul Renaud, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
November 7, 2007
A deadly and highly unusual melee among 30 young women in South Los Angeles was triggered by a dispute over a man who dated two of the female combatants, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

Many of the women, while not gang members, had ties to men who belonged to gangs, police said. The two groups, authorities said, arranged to meet near Slauson and Western avenues to discuss the romantic triangle.

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