On this day in 1991, 15-year-old Latasha Harlins was shot in the back of the head by a Korean shopkeeper in Los Angeles following a dispute over a bottle of orange juice.
Harlins' family, including her aunt Denise Harlins, are holding a vigil today to honor her memory.
Du grabbed Harlins and a scuffle ensued. Harlins broke free and moved toward the store's exit. As she was preparing to leave, Du shot Harlins in the back of the head with a .38-caliber handgun.
Harlins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses say Harlins was not attempting to steal and a police investigation concluded that there was no evidence to support Du's claim.
The Los Angeles Times reports, "A jury found Du guilty of voluntary manslaughter, with a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison. The judge gave her probation, 400 hours of community service and a $500 fine."
Her family's attempts for appeal were unsuccessful.
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