Family Speaks Out After 16-Year-Old Girl Killed by Stray Bullet in Lynwood While Returning From Church

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The family of a 16-year-old girl who was shot and killed by a stray bullet asked for the public's help identifying suspects on Friday.

Danah Rojo Rivas was sitting in the back seat of a Mustang when she was struck by a stray bullet while returning from church Wednesday night.

"She loved to play softball, softball was her thing," said her 18-year-old brother, Ethan Rivas. "She was everything I could have asked for and more. She was a blessing. It's really, really difficult to just think of it over and over again because that, it's something that I don't want to remember. It's something that my mother and I do not want to remember."

The shooting occurred near the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, police said.

Investigators believe the intended targets, two men, were driving in a Saturn that was being chased by another vehicle before the shooting occurred, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

At some point, the Saturn became stuck in traffic and a man exited the "suspect vehicle" and shot multiple rounds at the "target vehicle," deputies stated.

The shooting is believed to be gang related, according to authorities.

One of the bullets missed the target vehicle and entered the victim's car through the back panel near the license plate and struck the girl from behind, the Sheriff's Department stated.

Rivas' mother and Ethan were also in the car but were uninjured. The young teen died at the scene, officials said.

"This is really dark world we live in and we experienced that, that night. Your lousy bullets caused the life of my sister," Ethan Rivas said. "I'm not going to say you're going to pay for it because you know what you did. Whether you get caught or not, the burden will live on you that you took the life of a 16-year-old and because of you she won't be able to experience prom. She won't be able to experience her graduation, she won't be able to experience getting married, she won't be able to experience a multitude of things because of you and that will be your burden to carry for the rest of your life."

The family created a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses and memorial costs.

The suspects fled the scene immediately following the shooting and the intended targets abandoned their vehicle and have not been found, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The gunmen were described as two black men between 25-and 30-years-old.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at 323-890-5500.

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