Suspect in 6-Year-Old's Slaying To Appear in Court

The young girl was gunned down at a family party

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    The man who was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 6-year-old Tiana Ricks was due in court after being arrested on Monday. Keandre Narkie Johnson, 21, was booked into jail on suspicion of murder, child abuse resulting in death, attempted murder, and felony parole violation. Jacob Rascon reports from Riverside for Today in LA on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (Published Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013)

    Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a gang member with the murder of 6-year-old Tiana Ricks, who was gunned down at a relative's home in Moreno Valley this month, authorities said.

    Keandre Narkie Johnson, 21, was charged with murder, attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang, according to a Riverside County District Attorney's office statement. The charges also carry special-circumstance allegations, which would lengthen his sentence if he is found guilty.

    Riverside County sheriff's deputies arrested Johnson in Hemet about 4 p.m. Monday. Numerous tips came in after the shooting, leading detectives to Johnson, according to the statement.

    On Sept. 7, Tiana Ricks was with her father, Tyrell Ricks, at a family celebration for a cousin who was going away to college. They went into their relative's open garage, where people were gathered, when two men stormed up the driveway and opened fire into the crowd.

    Tyrell Ricks, 26, took a bullet to the pelvis. Tiana was fatally wounded.

    The shooting was especially mysterious for the 26-year-old father who recently moved to California from the Midwest. Tyrell Ricks said he had no gang ties, and didn't know anyone outside of his family in Moreno Valley.

    The young girl's fatal shooting shocked the region and prompted people on social giving websites, and rappers Snoop Lion and The Game, to donate money to her family to cover funeral costs.

    The Game, whose name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, said he read about the girl's death while in Australia and immediately felt moved to help.

    "This very sad story hit me in a place nothing ever has," he wrote on Instagram.

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