Police: Arrests Made in Murder of Melody Ross

Two 16-year-old gang members were arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the fatal shooting of Long Beach Wilson High School honor student Melody Ross following the school's homecoming football game.

The suspects -- one from Long Beach and the other from Bellflower -- are members of a gang that began a fight with a rival gang after the game. Neither were students at either Wilson or Long Beach Poly High School, which faced Wilson.

The suspects' names could not be revealed because they are juveniles, police said.

Ross and two men, ages 18 and 20, were shot about 10 p.m. Friday on Ximeno Avenue, next to Wilson's stadium, where several hundred students had congregated when fights began.

Ross was described by police as ``an innocent bystander who was not involved'' in the dispute that led to the gunfire. She was a junior at Wilson, where she was on the track team and enrolled in advanced placement classes, according to Long Beach Unified School District officials.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $10,000 reward in the case Tuesday.

Copyright Archive Sources
Contact Us