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2 Teen Girls Charged With Witness Intimidation in Case of Slain HS Classmate Melody Ross

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Two female Wilson High School students have been arrested on charges of witness intimidation in the case of Melody Ross, their onetime classmate who was gunned down on the campus last fall after the Homecoming football game, reports the LA Times.

The 16- and 17-year-old students were arrested at the school on Friday at around 12:30 p.m. for allegedly threatening more than one witness in the case. Although they are minors, which is why their names have not been released, the teens could be tried as adults. If that were to happen, they could in fact "face the same maximum penalty as the murder suspects," who also happen to be teenagers.

Tom Love Vinson and Daivion Davis, both 16 at the time of Ross' murder, are alleged gang members who were firing into the crowd on the Wilson campus; Ross, a popular honors student, was an innocent bystander in the shooting. Her parents have since attempted to file a claim against the Long Beach Unified School District on grounds that included their belief there was not enough security present on campus for the Homecoming adults, police sa