Cristela Campos, 23
Died Aug. 5, 2007 at 6:05 p.m.
Cristela Campos, 23, a Latina woman, was shot and killed about 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, near the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and 69th Street in LAPD's Newton Division. She died at 6:05 p.m. Police arrested 27-year-old Miguel Romero, her ex-boyfriend.
LAPD detectives gave this account: A gunman pulled alongside Campos in a car, forced her to pull over, then fired. She died at the scene. Her younger brother, who was with her, wrestled Romero to the ground with the help of passersby; they held him until police arrived.
The brother, who is about 20, was injured by bullet fragments in the tussle and was treated at a hospital and released that night. He learned later that his sister had died. Romero was arrested and a weapon seized.
Campos was the mother of four children, at least one of whom, a 6-year-old, saw her die. "I know I'm dying. Take care of my children," Campos told her mother after she was shot, according to Rocio Machuca, a family friend. Campos had separated from Romero, the father of one of the children, in February.
The Campos family has set up a memorial fund for donations to help the children. Contact Bank of America to donate to account No. 0350967513, "Memorial Account for Cristela Campos."
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Updated: Jan. 24, 2010 at 9:46 p.m.