$45,000 reward offered to find killer of teenage volleyball player shot dead in Inglewood

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A $45,000 reward has been announced for information about the killer of an 18-year-old volleyball player who was shot in Inglewood late last year.

The murder took place on October 18, 2021.

The victim, Daina Monroe, was sitting in a car parked outside her mother’s home in the 100 block of North Inglewood Avenue with her older sister and two friends when a vehicle pulled up next to them and fired numerous shots into the car, police said. .

The sister and her friends then noticed that Monroe had been hit by gunfire and rushed her to the hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta called it a “horrendous” and “senseless” crime.

The chief said the department had limited information and asked the public to provide any details they might have about the murder.

On Wednesday, Monroe’s family pleaded with the public to help find their loved one’s killer.

“The murderers still live among us,” family member Lisa Neal told a news conference. “Any of your family, friends, colleagues, community members could be next. How can we feel safe?

Monroe was described as a superstar athlete who planned to one day play for Team USA and was just beginning her adult life. She was known as “Gucci” on the basketball court and was an outstanding athlete, Neal said.

“Daina didn’t deserve this,” Neal said.

The 18-year-old was known for her infectious smile, her kind, caring and generous spirit, and for being everyone’s friend.

“We are all devastated beyond words, beyond comprehension and beyond belief,” says Neal.

The family said they were convinced someone had seen or heard something and urged members of the community to call Inglewood police if they knew of anything.

“We pray that your hearts will be heavy with the burden of bearing information about this crime and that you will speak up, show up and do the right thing,” Neal said.

The $45,000 reward for information includes $25,000 from the city of Inglewood and $20,000 from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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