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

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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I'm glad a substantial reward is going to be offered. Hopefully these monsters will be cell mates to the two losers who killed the 5-year old on Halloween. I feel so sad for the little girl who saw her mother shot down on Christmas. It breaks my heart when I think of the fear and confusion she must feel.
I would like to know, however, exactly what our so called city leaders are doing to control/stop the gangs and their killings so this can be prevented from happening in the first place. Reward money is not endless as these murders seem to be.

It's a pity that LAPD can't get the trust of the community in SLA, so people are reluctant to help solve crimes like this. Gangsters and thugs too often run wild.

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Death penalty & execution when caught and convicted. Cruel and inhuman punishment? This was cruel and inhuman.

I too feel sorry, for the callous murder of Ms. James. A 3-year old child will now go through life without her birth mother. Hopefully she has relatives who will nourish her, and keep her safe to become a outstanding young woman. Having said that, hopefully this reward money will open someones mouth and eyes to show the hole where these two snakes are hiding. How do dogs like this live with themselves; knowing that they have snuffed out the life of this beautiful soul. . . for what? What did she do against you? When they are caught (for they surely will be, and soon), let them receive the same torture they inflicted on this innocent woman. So when their 'friends' roll over on them, let them know what it's like, to feel real pain!

It is to bad that our country will not take a stand to X out gangs. It is money maker for law enforcement and government to keep the gangs around. It also keeps the minorities and minority communities on edge and fear, in that way, they are not able to better themselves, and complain about their circumstances. It is up to the communities where this is happening to police themselves. Those that are raised to be gangmembers are you and your family, and if not, then start getting rid of the bad by using force, not giving the bad govenment help, etc. Get rid of the bad and good will replace it. Simple.


This is terrible,horrible,ridiculous,unbelievable,unenthnical,imorral!!!!

What the hell is going on in SLA when a mother is gunned down in cold blood in front of her 3yr old daughter..

The L.A.P.D. really need to get on their job and get these monster's off the street A.S.A.P.!!!!!

My god what kind of world do we live in when innocent victims are being murdered?

Please catch these killers and get their azz's off the street before they kill again..

My prayer's go out to Ms. James and her daughter and family..

Where is Bernard getting the money, is it from "Gangs for Peace?"

@Lily: you want to know what the city leaders are going to do? I think the real question is: What are these communities gonna do? The police cannot be everywhere at once. Communities need to step up, get over the stupid "no snitchin' policy", cooperate with the police to get the thugs removed. The community needs to put their foot down and squash this... but they don't.


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