Hunt for Pair as Man Is Held While Stars Grieve; Police Puzzled over Motive after Tennis Players' Sister Dies from Shooting in a Crime-Ridden Suburb of LA

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Hunt for Pair as Man Is Held While Stars Grieve; Police Puzzled over Motive after Tennis Players' Sister Dies from Shooting in a Crime-Ridden Suburb of LA


A MAN was charged with murder last night after the oldest sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams was gunned down on a Los Angeles Street.

It is thought that she became caught up in a row in the crime-ridden LA suburb of Compton.

Aaron Michael Hammer, 24, was charged with first- degree murder after Yetunde Price, 31, was shot dead as she sat in a sports utility vehicle on Sunday.

Hammer was arrested after six people were questioned at a house near the crime scene.

He is expected to appear before a court within the next two days.

Police believe that up to four weapons were fired at the scene.

Witnesses reported hearing as many as 20 gunshots.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy Richard Pena said that Hammer was being held in custody without bail and that detectives were hunting two other suspects.

Officers still have not established a motive.

''We have still got to piece that together,'' Deputy Pena said.

A man who was in the vehicle with Price, named by police as Rolland Wormley, 28, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and violating a parole order.

Detectives were told that Ms Price and Wormley had been involved in an altercation with local people just before the shooting broke out.

It was not known why Ms Price was in the neighbourhood - notorious for gang violence - or why she was with Wormley.

Police said Wormley did not immediately call the emergency services after the shooting but drove to a relative's house in Long Beach from where he contacted police. …

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