Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Two alleged gang members have been arrested for the murder of a 9-year-old Anaheim girl, who was gunned down while playing with her sisters in front of their apartment complex.

Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park, and Alfredo Miguel Aquino, 20, of Anaheim, were arrested shortly after 11 p.m. Friday and booked for suspicion of murder. Each was held in of $1 million bail at the Anaheim Police Department’s Temporary  Detention Facility, said Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn.

Ximena Meza was shot once in her chest about 7 p.m. Wednesday as she was playing in front of the apartment complex in the 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue, Dunn said.

Police said two or more suspects drove down Greenacre Avenue from Crescent Avenue in a white vehicle. A male suspect got out of the car, near where Meza and her sisters played, and opened fire with a handgun.

His intended targets were a group of men who had gathered just west of where Meza played. Meza and her sisters were caught in the line of fire.

The group of men gathered nearby Meza and her sisters fled on foot, while the white car containing the suspect sped away. To date, Dunn said, no additional victims have been located.

Meza was rushed to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Dozens of people brought their vehicles Friday to a fundraising car wash to help pay funeral expenses for the 9-year-old girl. The fundraising car wash started at one location on Brookhurst Street, but so many people showed up — with cars lining up in the street — that it was moved outside a bowling alley nearby.

—City News Service

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