Community reeling after 2 teenagers fatally shot

Students leaving party when attacked

By Kristina Davis
December 7, 2008

The violent deaths of two teenagers who were shot in a possible gang attack early yesterday has left two San Diego high schools struggling to cope with the tragic losses.

Monique Palmer, 17, a senior at Lincoln High School, died on the Valencia Park corner where she was shot after leaving a party. Her friend Michael Taylor, 15, a freshman at Point Loma High School, died at a hospital shortly after.

Last night, dozens of people gathered at the site of the shooting to honor the teens. Attendees lighted candles and placed them at the curb along with balloons, flowers and signs expressing their love and loss.

“Stop the shooting,” read one sign, the words illuminated by candlelight.

San Diego City Councilman Tony Young said in an interview that he spoke with family members of each victim yesterday and attended last night’s vigil.

“People are angry,” said Young, who represents southeastern San Diego neighborhoods. “This type of senseless violence toward young people like this really upsets them. It upsets me, and it should upset everybody in the community.”

Monique and Michael had been at a party attended by Lincoln High students when three vehicles filled with possible gang members showed up, said San Diego homicide detectives and witnesses.

The party crashers pointed handguns at the guests and yelled gang challenges before driving away shortly before 1 a.m.

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