A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a pregnant woman to death in Los Angeles, California, last month.
Multiple sources report that the teenager, whose name has not been released by police because she is a juvenile, turned herself in to police Friday. She has been charged with the murders of Jasmine Preciado, 22, and her unborn child.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Preciado – the mother of a 3-year-old girl and three months pregnant at the time – got into a fight with the unnamed teenager and two men near the Venice Beach boardwalk on Nov. 21. She was stabbed multiple times before the alleged assailants fled the scene, leaving Preciado to bleed to death. Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told People, “The stab wound in the neck is what killed her.”
The 17-year-old suspect currently remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Jan. 10. It is not clear if she has entered a plea deal at this time, but multiple sources report that she has denied all charges. The two other men involved in Preciado’s death still remain at large.
A GoFundMe page has since been created by one of Preciado’s friends to help pay for her funeral.
“She was taken from us along with the new life that she was carrying inside of her,” the description reads. “The people who did this did not consider that they were taking away a mother from her child, a friend, and most importantly they prevented a life from even coming into the world. Please donate what ever you are able to, to help contribute to the memorial services of the beautiful person that Jasmine was. All of the money raised will go towards her funeral services and her daughter.”
“She loved her daughter,” one of Preciado’s cousins, who wished to remain anonymous, told KTLA. “She’s going to be missed … We just want justice for her daughter.”
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