An 18-year-old Latina woman, Darsy Noriega, was shot multiple times near East Avalon Boulevard and South 111th Street late night on February 2. LAPD officers discovered Noriega lying in an alley after responding to a 911 call.
She was pronounced dead shortly after at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Noriega was a documented gang-member and the murder "appeared to be a walk-up shooting."
But, according to the Weekly's Simone Wilson, Noriega might have been on a campaign to escape gang-related activity and stop gang-violence in her community. Wilson reported that "an L.A. resident named Darsy Noriega started a campaign called 'Gangs off the streets of Los Angeles' in March 2010."
The pledge from Freewire.com reads:
"My cause is to get gangs off the streets of Los Angeles, thus I am creating an anti-gang campaign. I am creating this campaign because so many drive bys are occurring on the streets of Los Angeles. This campaign will aid efforts to end gang violence in my community. It will also allow others to support those who have lost family and loved ones.At the time of the killing, authorities had no description of the shooter and no arrests were made.
This campaign is important to me because it can lead to less violence on the streets of Los Angeles, minimize the distribution and usage of illegal drugs, and reduce the murder rate in LA. People should support this cause because my campaign is focused on presenting the youth of Los Angeles with other options besides getting involved in gang violence."
Note: Due to technical difficulties, the LA Weekly's archive of all homicides within Los Angeles city limits was discontinued near the end of last year. We will be rolling out the 2011 homicides, one by one, until our "Murder was the Case" archive is up to date. Thanks for your patience.