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Reward to be offered for information in fatal shooting of young mother on Christmas Day

December 28, 2010 |  1:38 pm

A reward will be offered Tuesday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fatal Christmas Day shooting of a young mother in front of her 3-year-old daughter in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

The office of City Councilman Bernard Parks will provide the reward money in return for information about the shooting of 25-year-old Kashmier James, said Diana Figueroa, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman.

The amount of the reward will be disclosed at a 4 p.m. news conference, but a Twitter account belonging to a cousin of James said Tuesday that the amount was $75,000.

Authorities said that after celebrating the holiday with family, James was heading home to Riverside when she stopped about 10:20 p.m. Saturday to visit a friend in the 1700 block of 85th Street near Western Avenue.

As James stood in the street outside her friend's home, two men in a blue Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up and stopped, police said. One of the men got out and fired nine shots at James, striking her at least once in the head.

James was pronounced dead at the scene. Her daughter, who witnessed the shooting from the back seat of James' car, was unharmed.

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Photo: Charlie Stanley, 41, takes a cellphone photo of the memorial for Kashmier Shari James. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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