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2 Girls Accused of Killing 16 Year Old

May 26, 2002

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A crowd of children and teen-agers attacked and killed a 16-year-old in front of her home Saturday, police said.

Vinicia Smith was apparently killed in a neighborhood feud, said Sgt. Paul Accardo, a New Orleans police spokesman.

He said two girls, aged 12 and 14, were booked as juveniles on second-degree murder charges. Police were looking for more boys and girls, he said.

Seven to 10 people attacked Smith, and one stabbed her with a steak knife, Accardo said.

Witnesses pointed out the 12-year-old, and the 14-year-old surrendered moments later, Accardo said.

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