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Teen to be sentenced in honor student Melody Ross' shooting death

December 19, 2011 |  9:31 am

Melody Ross
A Bellflower teenager is set to be sentenced Monday for the murder of Wilson High School student Melody Ross after a homecoming football game in 2009.

Ross, 16, was killed the night of Oct. 30, 2009, when Tom Love Vinson of Bellflower, opened fire on a group of students outside the Long Beach school. An earlier gang dispute is believed to have sparked the shooting.

A track-and-field athlete and honor student, Ross was an innocent bystander, police said. Two men were wounded in the shooting.

In September, a jury found Vinson, 18, guilty of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter. He could face a maximum of more than 155 years in state prison.

Vinson's co-defendant, Daivion Davis, 17, pleaded no contest to charges of manslaughter and attempted murder and was sentenced in September to eight years and four months in juvenile custody.


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Photo: Honor student Melody Ross was slain in 2009. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.