A candlelight vigil was held Saturday in South Los Angeles in memory of an 18-year-old woman who died in a car-to-car shooting.
The woman was in her vehicle about 6 a.m. Friday in the area of 104th and Figueroa streets in the Vermont Vista area when another vehicle approached and someone in it fired shots, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison.
The woman was struck and taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 5:45 p.m., Madison said.
About 20 people attended the 5 p.m.candlelight vigil at the crime scene, organized by Eighth District City Council candidate Cliff Smith.
Leah Evans went to the scene before the vigil in her effort to “understand what happened,” she told City News Service.
Her daughter, whom she identified as Chloe Evans, had visited her residence earlier to pick up mail. “We said goodbye. She said she had to go,” Leah Evans said.
She was “surprised and humbled” to learn about the vigil and came away “satisfied that there are people who want to see changes in the neighborhood.”
The young woman graduated at age 17 from a nontraditional high school, took some college courses and was “still trying to find herself” when she died, Leah Evans said.
Chloe Evans was “a brilliant young woman,” her mother said. “She didn’t deserve to leave us like that.”