Prosecutors Charge Two Suspects in Ambush Slaying
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Murder charges were filed today against two alleged gang members in the shooting of a 3-year-old girl riding in a car that made a wrong turn onto a gang-infested dead-end street.
Marvin Pech, 18, and Marcos Antonio Luna, 23, were arrested Monday and charged today with murder and five counts each of attempted murder, the district attorney’s office said. They were due in court later in the day.
A 16-year-old who was arrested Monday could face similar charges, Deputy District Attorney Eleanor Hunter said. A decision was expected later in the day.
Another juvenile suspect also was in custody, and it was unclear if he too would face murder charges, Officer Eduardo Funes said.
Police were still searching for other suspects, the district attorney’s office said.
Stephanie Kuhen was killed Sept. 17 when the driver of a car she was riding in mistakenly turned down a gangland street on the way home from a barbecue. Her 2-year-old brother was shot in the foot and the driver suffered a minor back wound.
Mourners buried Stephanie in a private service Monday. A day earlier, about 200 people had attended a public memorial service.
``I spoke about the beauty of life and the innocence of children. We need to pray and work together to strengthen family life ... and use all resources we have to deal with the problems of society,″ the Rev. Gerald McSorley said he told the family, friends and police at the funeral.
About 12 officers assigned to the case saluted the casket, then mourners released white balloons.
``They look like little pearls in the sky,″ her cousin Michael Fanning said. ``For the people that didn’t know little Stephanie Lee, may they never forget that special face.″