LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The memorial continued to grow on Friday for 14-year-old Unique Russell who was gunned down while attending her family’s annual Fourth of July celebration in South Los Angeles.
The shooting Wednesday occurred about 10:30 p.m. in front of Russell’s grandmother’s home near the corner of Normandie Avenue and West 97th Street.
Her two cousins were also wounded but are expected to survive.
Homicide detectives say two men on foot stopped and opened fire into the crowd and then ran off.
A witness — who did not want to be identified — told CBS2′s Dave Lopez what he told detectives:
“One had on a white shirt with some black pants. But they were running real fast, very fast for that time of day. And you had people shooting off fireworks right there with their kids and stuff.”
During a news conference on Friday, Russell’s family made a plea to the public for information leading to the capture of her killer.
“I know somebody knows something. Somebody knows something. This is what we call The Hood. Somebody knows something,” Donna Wade, the victim’s mother, said. “If anybody could just say anything. Just tell me anything. I deserve it. I deserve it. Unique deserve it. Her family deserve it.”
Those with information may call the Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or CRIME STOPPERS.