Two Teens Shot and Killed While at Vigil in Carson

“We were here to celebrate my brother's life. It ended with tragedy… more tragedy,” Bryann Watts said.

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A 19 year-old woman and 17 year-old girl were killed at a vigil outside a Carson home on Sunday.

Investigators at the Carson Sheriff’s Station were trying to determine a motive for the shooting that claimed the lives of the two teens as they gathered to remember Brandon Thomas, 26. 

A girl and woman who were mourning the loss of their friend were shot and killed in Carson. Gene Kang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.

The coroner has not publicly identified the victims. 

“We were here to celebrate my brother's life. It ended with tragedy… more tragedy,” Bryann Watts, Thomas’ brother, said. 

Watts said his brother had been honorably discharged from the National Guard, worked as a custodian for LA County and was not involved in gang activity. He has no idea why someone would open fire on guests on the street outside his memorial.

"He was someone respectful. We looked up to him, strived to be like him,” Watts said.


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Authorities were searching for the gunman who shot and killed a woman and girl inside a Carson home. Gene Kang reports for Today in LA at 6 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.

Friends say they believe the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. The fact that it happened outside a memorial is unconscionable to them.

Investigators are looking for surveillance video and ask that any witnesses come forward to help them find the killer.

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