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Shooters not charged

Part of the community in Echo Park feels itself a victim in the shooting of Charupha Wongwisetsiri, who died at nine years of age. Many residents, who expect to live in a safe place -- or at least want to (and who doesn't?) -- are furious that Cesar Zamora and Steven Castanon, the suspected shooters in Charupha's killing, were released last week from police custody, not charged with a crime in her death. They grieve the little girl who was part of their community, and they want her killer(s) punished. At the very least they want them to go away. I share that feeling. The fact that Charupha died, her family now moving back to Thailand, and the man who shot her may be back home on Kensington Avenue seems intolerable. Hello, neighbor!

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