Wednesday, November 07, 2007

"This says nothing about the neighborhood"

"This says nothing about the neighborhood," said Noreen McClendon, executive director of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles.

We'll let you be the judge.

Unique Kiana Bishop has been convicted twice of burglary and once of petty theft in the last two years, police said. Her latest conviction came after a July 26 arrest for burglary in South Los Angeles. She spent 14 days in jail and was placed on probation after being convicted in the Norwalk branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Meanwhile, close to where the brawl started, friends and family of the dead woman gathered at a makeshift memorial Tuesday. The mourners said it was unlike the 22-year-old to be involved in a violent dispute. "If she would've had any idea what she was getting into, she wouldn't have come," said Brenda Rowry, Shontae Treniece Blanche's aunt.

At her childhood home in a neighborhood about three miles northwest of the fatal confrontation, Blanche's grandmother and cousin remembered her as a popular girl and bank worker who was determined to avoid trouble. "She would tell me, 'I'm not going to be like my mom,' " said Helen Hayes, 60, who raised her granddaughter.

According to Hayes, both of Blanche's parents had been in and out of prison since Blanche was a young child. Blanche, who was five months' pregnant and married to a man in prison, was looking forward to a future as a mother and to graduating from Cal State Northridge.