4 dead in California house party shooting identified

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The coroner’s office has released the names of the four people killed in a shooting at a weekend house party in Inglewood that also left one injured.

Breahna Stines of Rialto was celebrating her 20th birthday at the party with her sister Marneysha Hamilton, 25, of Los Angeles and Teron Whittiker Jr., 21, of Torrance. They died at the scene and Jayden Griffin, 21, of Gardena died in a hospital.

Friends and relatives hold a Sunday night paymaster vigil at a growing memorial near the shooting scene in Inglewood where four people died early Sunday January 23, 2022. Breahna Stines was celebrating her 20th birthday at a party in home with her sister Marneysha Hamilton, 25, and Teron Whittiker Jr., 21. They died at the scene and Jayden Griffin, 21, died in hospital. Family members have identified the sisters pictured here as Hamilton, left, and Stines, right. (Photo by Axel Koester, collaborating photographer)

The surviving victim was affiliated with a gang, Inglewood Mayor James Butts said. He was last reported in critical condition, but was expected to survive.

“They were out there doing things,” said Tiffney, the mother of two women killed in the shooting. She declined to give her last name. “They weren’t wasting their lives. They had dreams and ambitions.

She said Stines was enrolled at the United Education Institute as a nursing student and Hamilton had worked two jobs for the US Postal Service and FedEx. They grew up in Long Beach.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the 1300 block of Park Avenue at 1:43 a.m. Sunday. The home that became the scene of the shooting was an unregulated short-term rental, Butts said. It was hosting a gathering of about 10 people at the time, according to neighbors.

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On Monday, relatives of the two slain sisters were seen loading a van with speakers and other equipment left over from what was supposed to be Stines’ birthday celebration. They walked past evidence markers indicating what appeared to be bullet holes on the dark blue walls of the rental property. A shattered rear window from a rear house on the property was visible from a neighbour’s yard, where numerous casings had been recovered by police the previous day.

Butts said there were multiple shooters, including at least one using an assault weapon. Several residents reported hearing what sounded like dozens of large and small caliber gunshots that evening.

“These are sociopathic killers who need to be separated from society,” the mayor said at a press conference on Sunday.

Candles at a memorial created in memory of Stines and Hamilton, just down the street from the scene of the murders, continued to burn Monday afternoon. Relatives have set up a Gofundme campaign to help support their family the day after the shooting.

Writer Quinn Wilson and City News Service contributed to this story.

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