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Authorities identify woman gunned down on Christmas night in South Los Angeles

Map shows location of Saturday's shooting in purple, as well as nearby homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.

The woman killed in a Christmas night shooting outside a friend’s house in South Los Angeles has been identified as 25-year-old Kashmier James, according to Los Angeles County coroner's Investigator Robert Fierro.

The woman was leaving her car near the intersection of 85th Street and Western Avenue about 10:30 p.m. when two men in a blue Chevrolet Tahoe approached and fired nine shots at her, striking her in the head, L.A. police said.

Police are treating the shooting as gang-related. Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call LAPD detectives at (213) 485-4175.

Since January 2007, at least 137 homicides were reported within two miles of the shooting scene, according to a database compiled by the Los Angeles Times' Homicide Report.


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Map: Shows location of Saturday's shooting in purple, as well as 137 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report

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This crime really just leaves me so numb, and speechless to know that someone could be so cold-hearted and ruthless to take the life of a young mother with her baby on Christmas day in such a manner period!!.

Really, what can one say that could make sense of an act that's so brutal as this?, other than to take a life of a young child in this manner, or anyone's life period!. And it sickens me to know that some cruel animal is just sitting back proud and laughing at what they've did.

I really hope and pray that the animals responsible for such an act is caught, and is prosecuted to the fullest of the law and put down like the animals they are!!!

How many people have to die a senseless death. I watch the footage of Kashmier's family pleading for someone to turn these cowardly men over to the police. We have to come together has a people and do something. Our church clergy men and women have to come out of the church and reach out to those who are troubled. What senseless person would shoot and kill a woman in front of her child. A ANIAML!!!! To those who are out there killing innocent people, you will have to answer to GOD! You can run so far, but you will be caught. Raise the reward money to $100,000 some one will turn these cowards in.


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