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2 charged in Melody Ross case

November 07, 2009|Shelby Grad

Two 16-year-olds were charged as adults Friday in the shooting of a Long Beach honors student last week after the Wilson High School homecoming football game.

Tom Love Vinson and Daivion Davis, identified by authorities as gang members, were each charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Vinson and Davis allegedly opened fire Oct. 30 outside of the school, striking and killing Melody Ross, a popular 16-year-old whom police said was an innocent bystander.

Two men -- an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old -- were wounded in the shooting, which occurred as crowds of students gathered near Ximeno Avenue and 10th Street for a dance. Police believe the men may have been the intended targets and that the shooting was the result of a gang feud.

-- Shelby Grad

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