Reward offered for information on Christmas Day killing

A reward of $50,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of a woman who was fatally shot in South L.A. on Christmas Day.

Kashmier James, who was driving with her 3-year-old daughter in the car, stopped in the 1700 block of West 85th Street to visit a friend and was shot multiple times by someone who got out of a blue Chevrolet Tahoe.

“There is no reason why my daughter Kashmier should not be here today, getting her daughter ready for school or praying with her daughter at night,’’ said James’ mother, Kim Evans, to the city council. “My granddaughter should not have to grow up without her mother. My granddaughter should not have had to see her mother gunned down in cold blood by heartless criminals that are out killing people over a color and a name for the street that they have not worked for, lived on, owned. These senseless killings have to stop.’‘

The city council approved a reward amount of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of James’ killer. The council also approved $50,000 rewards in two other killings that occurred over the holiday period, including that of 14-year-old Taburi Watson who was killed Dec. 29 while riding his bicycle. The killing of Watson in the 8700 block of South St. Andrews Place is what Detectives believe to be retaliation for James’ shooting death.

“I hope that these rewards will encourage witnesses to come forward and help police in their investigations,’’ said Councilman Bernard Parks. “The public’s cooperation sends a loud and clear message that this community is united against violence, and those that perpetrate these heinous crimes will be brought to justice.’‘
The third victim, 49-year-old Jesus Vasquez, was shot in the head and found dead in his driveway outside his home in the 4300 block of Arlington Avenue at around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 30. According to reports, Vasquez’ wife heard the shots, but detectives have been unable to find anyone who saw the shooter.

Anyone with information regarding the three murders are urged to call police at (213) 485-1383.


  1. tummy tuck says:

    This story is absolutely crazy. I can’t believe people are capable of such horrible crimes.  I find it hard to believe that no one saw anything. Gun fire is extremely loud and if anyone saw or heard anything you could be a lot of help tracking down these murderers.  Coming forward in my opinion is the first step to let people know it is not ok and we will not sit around and let this stuff happen

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