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Gang rivalry is blamed in killing of honors student

November 06, 2009|Robert J. Lopez

Police say the fatal shooting of a Wilson High School honors student apparently occurred when two rival groups of gang members got into a confrontation at the school's homecoming dance.

Two reputed gang members were arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting, which occurred Oct. 30 outside the school. Police said they are looking for other suspects.

Melody Ross, who also was a track athlete, was gunned down as she and her friends were leaving a football game, police said.

Two men, ages 18 and 20, were wounded in the shooting, which occurred about 10 p.m. as crowds of students gathered near Ximeno Avenue and 10th Street.

Ross was an innocent victim in the gunfire, authorities said.

The names of the suspects were not released.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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