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Small Advocate

May 31, 2007 |  8:58 pm

Cheyanne_2LAPD Chief William Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a news conference Thursday in the 77th Street police station to tout this year's lower violent-crime rate. Five-year-old Cheyenne, right, the daughter of murder victim Ashley Cheval, stood fidgeting as the dignitaries talked. Cheyenne's family had been invited to the news conference to help draw attention to the unsolved murder problem.

When it was over, television crews began packing up their cameras. Cheyenne broke away from her family, walked up to a reporter, and pointed to the poster of her mother, displayed on one side of the podium. "That's my mommy," Cheyenne said. Then she insisted on writing her mother's name in a reporter's notebook. She wrote A-S-H-L-E-Y.

Her mother, Ashley Cheval, 23, was killed Aug. 25, 2006 in the 4300 block of Western Avenue at 9:45 a.m.  while sitting in a car. The suspects are three black men, who fled in a gold late-model Lincoln Mercury. Police are looking for any information from anyone on this case. Call (213) 485-1383.

Ashleybycheyenne .



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Saddest thing I've read in a long time. Thanks for taking the trouble to show this moment.

It saddens me to hear about children losing their parents or vise versa to gang violence. Not a week goes by that I don’t hear about an innocent person being shot just from being in the right place at the wrong time. I should be able to sit in my car and read a paper or stand in line at a taco stand without worrying about being killed. Practically no place is safe anymore. Not even schools, bus stops or restaurants. Where is the justice? It seems like gangs are running LA. I think it is time for Mr. Swarzenegger and Mr. Villaragosa to step up to the plate and prove to the citizens of Los Angeles that they are serious. Actions speak louder than words. These gangs are taking action on good citizens. How many more mothers, fathers and baby's have to die?

LIves in minority populated areas are devalued. Once all of the areas that are mentioned in this wonderful journalistic piece are gentrified, protection of the citizens will increase. We have to look at the overall picture. The young men and women who have committed these crimes are products of enviornments that are so distressing that a person would not be able to imagining living their lives. Watts, Compton, the Oakwood area of Venice, East Los Angels, Huntiington Park were given up to drugs and gangs when something could have been done when the problem first started. 25 - 30 years later land developers slowly move in and make profits from the life blood of Black and Brown residents who now have children that think drug addiction in a family is the norm. Levels of poverty and lack of education is now a generational norm.

This is not news worthy. However Paris Hilton and her anguished family can speak so elloquently regarding her mistreatment and the media frezy is unbelieveable. I would have never known about the little girl who at five only has the memory of her Mother by spelling her name and looking at a picture if it were not for this link

That's horrible. Jill when are they going to do some features on people who are in Watts and Compton.

Are the waiting until they move everyone else out and some hipster white trailblazers move in before they start that...that's pretty unfortunate. Can you believe Echo Park only had one murder this year, what a difference a few white people moving into your neighborhood can do for police response.

Anyways I predict you won't be writing many stories like this in ten years at least not in the same neighborhoods that surround the Blue Line, they will have probably moved everyone out for the second wave of loft conversions and condos...



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