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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Could Ximena Meza's Death Have Been Prevented?

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

It's being called another tragic case of gang violence claiming the innocent. Nine-year-old Ximena Meza was playing with her sisters outside their family's apartment near Brookhurst Community Park in Anaheim around 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 when, police say, a white car stopped nearby. A man emerged from the vehicle, shot at a group of men standing on an apartment lawn, then hustled back into the car, which sped off into the night. While the targeted men scurried off, Ximena ran to her father's arms and collapsed, fatally shot in the chest.

Read more on the OC Weekly News feature by Gustavo Arellano and myself out on newsstands now. Outside the distribution area? Click the link below:

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