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Angeles County | Community News File / Inglewood

$50,000 Reward Offered in 1995 Slaying of Teenager

April 18, 1998

The city of Inglewood on Friday offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers of Dupree Tave, a star athlete and honor student who was slain three years ago while waiting for a friend to change a flat tire.

Police said Tave, 17, and a friend were waiting for an acquaintance to return with tools to fix a flat on Crenshaw Boulevard on April 10, 1995. The red Ford Thunderbird was parked on 85th Street, just east of Crenshaw. A blue Dodge van going in the opposite direction drove by slowly and did a U-turn, and then someone inside opened fire.

Tave, a junior at Banning High School in Wilmington, was shot several times in the head and died at the scene. The bullets narrowly missed his friend.

Police said Tave had never been in trouble with the law and did not associate with gangs. Det. Russ Enyeart said the shooting took place in gang territory and officials have not discounted the theory that the car may have been mistaken for that of a gang member.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to call (310) 412-5246.

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