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Teenage boy, girl shot to death near Wilmington park

February 27, 2012 |  9:43 am

Map: The homicide, which occurred in location around the black icon, occurred in an area that has seen a significant jump in violent crime recently. Credit: The Times' crime page / Map via Google Police were investigating Monday the fatal shooting of a teenage boy and girl near a Wilmington park.

Medrick A. Melgoza, 16, and a 15-year-old girl were shot on the 500 block of Bay View Avenue at about 7 p.m. Sunday. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. It wasn't known if their killings were gang-related, said Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Monday his office was still trying to determine the girl's name. [Updated, 3:01 p.m.: The girl was identified as Carolina Ramirez, 16, according to the coroner's office.]

Violent crime reports have jumped significantly recently in the Wilmington area, according to The Times’ crime profile of the area. There have been 53 homicides since 2007 within two miles of where the two teens were shot, according to The Times’ Homicide Report.

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Map: The homicide occurred in an area that has seen a significant jump in violent crime recently.

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