Moreno Valley Gang Member Charged With Murder of 6-Year-Old

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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.

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