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6-Year-Old Killed in Moreno Valley Shooting

A shooting at a party in Moreno Valley Sept. 7 killed 6-year-old Tiana Ricks and injured her father. Documented gang member Keandre Johnson was arrested and charged with her murder and the attempted murder of her father.

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A murder charge was filed Wednesday against a documented gang member who allegedly shot a 6-year-old girl to death in Moreno Valley earlier this month.

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Keandre Narkie Johnson, 21, appeared in court Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He is charged with the murder of Tiana Ricks, 6.

Keandre Narkie Johnson, 21, a “known gang member” and parolee, was arrested without incident Monday in Hemet, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

During a hearing at Riverside Superior Court Wednesday afternoon, Johnson’s arraignment was postponed to Oct. 1.

Tiana Ricks, of Victorville, and her father, 26-year-old Tyrell Ricks Jr., were shot while attending a party at a house in the 25000 block of Harker Lane on Sept. 7. Tiana was pronounced dead at Riverside County Regional Medical Center after the shooting.

The victims and others were reportedly standing in the driveway about 9:45 p.m. when two men walked up to them, asked a question and then opened fire.

Johnson was charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang, the the DA’s office said in a news release.

He faces allegations that the shooting was committed to further gang activities along with other additional allegations that could affect sentencing. He could be eligible for the death penalty, a prosecutor said.

Johnson is a documented member of the Edgemont Criminals, a Moreno Valley-based street gang, according to the DA’s office. He was on parole from a 2011 burglary conviction and had not reported to his parole officer as required, according to the DA’s office.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department called Johnson a “self-admitted gang member” in announcing his arrest Tuesday.

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Tiana Ricks, 6

Tiana Ricks’ death generated widespread interest, and two well-known musicians have donated to her family. Snoop Lion, the rapper-turned-reggae artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg, donated an undisclosed amount to the Ricks family for funeral costs, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Compton native The Game donated $10,000 to help cover funeral expenses, according to representatives for the musician.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in a shooting at a family gathering in Moreno Valley that left a 6-year-old girl dead and her father wounded.

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Tiana Ricks, 6

Keandre Narkie Johnson, an admitted gang-member and parolee, was arrested without incident Monday in Hemet.

He was booked investigation of murder, child cruelty resulting in death, attempted murder, misdemeanor battery, and parole violation, according to a news release from the Riverside County D.A.’s office..

Tiana Ricks, of Victorville, and her father, 26-year-old Tyrell Ricks Jr., were shot while attending a party at a house in the 25000 block of Harker Lane on Sept. 7.

The victims and others were reportedly standing in the driveway about 9:45 p.m. when two men walked up to them, asked a question and then opened fire.

Tiana was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Two famous artists from the music world agreed to help pay for the child’s funeral, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rapper-turned-reggae artist Snoop Lion donated an undisclosed amount to Ricks’ family, representatives for the musician told the Times.

Compton native The Game already donated $10,000 to help cover funeral expenses, according to reps for the musician.

Anyone with information regarding the case was urged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or the sheriff’s Moreno Valley Station at (951) 486-6700.

Two famous artists from the music world agreed to help pay for the funeral of six-year-old shooting victim Tiana Ricks, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Tiana Ricks

Rapper-turned-reggae artist Snoop Lion donated an undisclosed amount to Ricks’ family, representatives for the musician told the Times.

Compton native The Game already donated $10,000 to help cover funeral expenses, according to reps for the musician.

Tiana and her father, 26-year-old Tyrell Ricks Jr., were among the party guests Sunday at a house in the 25000 block of Harker Lane in Moreno Valley, witnesses said.

The victims and others were reportedly standing in the driveway about 9:45 p.m. when two men walked up to them, asked a question and then opened fire.

Tiana was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Tyrell Ricks of Victorville, was also hospitalized and had been listed in stable condition.

A motive in the shooting was not immediately known, police said, and the gunmen remained on the loose.

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Snoop Lion

Anyone with information regarding the case was urged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or the sheriff’s Moreno Valley Station at (951) 486-6700.

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The Game (Credit: Twitter)

Tiana’s funeral was held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Long Beach.

An investigation continued Monday after a 6-six-year-old girl was killed and her father was wounded in a shooting at a home in Moreno Valley, authorities said.

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A makeshift memorial was erected near the location where Tiana Ricks and her father were shot.

Tiana Ricks, of Victorville, and her father, 26-year-old Tyrell Ricks Jr., were among the party guests Sunday at a house in the 25000 block of Harker Lane, witnesses said.

The victims and others were reportedly standing in the driveway about 9:45 p.m. when two men walked up to them, asked a question and then opened fire.

Tiana was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

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Tiana Ricks

Tyrell Ricks was also hospitalized and was listed in stable condition Sunday.

A motive in the shooting was not immediately known, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the case was urged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or the sheriff’s Moreno Valley Station at (951) 486-6700.

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — Homicide detectives had no leads on Sunday in the shooting death of a 6-year-old girl in Moreno Valley, authorities said.

The victim, identified as Tiana Ricks of Victorville, and her 26-year-old father were hit by gunfire Saturday around 9:45 p.m. while in the garage of a home in the 25000 block of Harker Lane.

Several men walked up to the house and began firing randomly, according to witnesses who were at the residence for a party.

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A 6-year-old girl was fatally shot and a 26-year-old man was wounded in Moreno Valley.

The girl was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Her father was taken to a hospital; he was listed in stable condition Sunday.

The case was being investigated as a homicide.

There did not appear to be a motive for the shooting, detectives said.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the sheriff’s homicide unit at (951) 955-2777 or the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station at (951) 486-6700

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