WHITTIER (CBS) — A week after two young friends were gunned down in Watts, one of the families is pleading for help.

Angelica Escalante was one of two victims killed by an assault-type rifle in a driveway in the 10000 block of Grape Street about 10 p.m. on June 20.

Los Angeles police the 19-year-old and a 17-year-old male friend were caught in the crossfire of an ongoing gang feud in the area and were not the intended targets.

“I think they’re heartless people… the people that did this, you know. And they are still out there,” said Obed Duarte, Escalante’s stepfather. “If anyone has any information, or seen anything or heard anything regarding these double murders, please contact the police.”

Escalante is being remembered as a 19-year-old full of life with big dreams. She was a proud older sister and a mother of an 11-month-old girl.

Comments (10)
  1. Really says:

    My condolences to the family. It’s sad, but Mayor Tony V. and the police let these gang lowlifes rule the city. Why not actively patrol gang infested areas? They only come once shots have been fired, and it’s too late.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Hanging out in Watts and not being a MUDFLAP is like going to MEXICO and expecting to keep your head.

  2. Really says:

    Taking away CRASH gang units was probably one the dumbest things every done. Too many civil rights violations….lol

    Instead of harassing prostitutes, have some balls LAPD and harass gang members. I’ll wait on that one.

    1. Really says:

      One of the dumbest things ever done, I meant.

    2. richard says:

      You want to wait on this one, too. Seen two cop cars across the street
      w 4 cops. They were questioning a crazy in the area who pushes around
      3 teddiie bears in a baby stroller. They spent about on hour weith her.
      I guess they were waiting for the d.a. to find out if there is a law
      against pushing teddie bears around in a baby stroller..

  3. Nelson says:

    Escalante is being remembered as a 19-year-old and a mother of an 11-month-old girl.

    1. Carson says:

      Good she got ended God knows how many more of those, she was going to pop out.

  4. ES says:

    If this is not the most ignorant message ever posted i don’t know what is.

  5. JebBush_BMWLover says:

    Norwegian gang-bangers?

  6. Chris says:

    That’s why I don’t understand why we have troops over seas!….The freaking war is here! it always has been! I say round up every gang member….and take em out! Kill everyone of them! Every night…I hear the gun shots! every night that helicopter flies over head….They shoot the guns like cowards but they dont give a rats arse who gets the bullet! They don’t even care about their own lives….so why should we let them live???? I don’t know who is more the coward….the gangs who think they are big with their lil toy guns…or “we the people”

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