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Arrests made in Christmas Day killing of South L.A. mother

August 30, 2011 |  9:24 pm

Kashmier James Three suspects have been arrested in the Christmas Day shooting of a South Los Angeles mother who died in front of her 3-year-old daughter, police said Tuesday night.

Kashmier James, 25, was shot as she stood outside a friend's home in the 1700 block of West 85th Street in Manchester Square, police said.

The daughter witnessed the slaying from the back seat of her mother's car. The girl was not hurt.

The suspects have been charged on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and gang allegations, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Police did not release additional details, citing a news conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the 77th Street station.

Witnesses told detectives that the attackers drove up in Chevrolet Tahoe, police said. A men got out and fired nine shots at James, striking her in the cheek and legs.

At least 19 homicides have been reported in Manchester Square since January 2007, according to a Times Homicide Report database.

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Photo: Kashmier James and the shooting scene. Credit: KTLA-TV

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