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Body Found Burning in South L.A. Street Was That of Teen Girl

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Terrey Wright (Photo via Terrey Wright Rest in Paradise on Facebook)
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There has been no official identification in the case of the female body found burning in a South Los Angeles Street, but the victim's mother says authorities told her the body was that of her 17-year-old daughter.Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Division reportedly paid a visit to the home of Selamawit Wright, in search of the parents of the teenaged Terrey, according to City News Service. Wright was not home at the time, so she went later to the station, where she says officers showed her a photo of Terrey, and that her daughter had been found burning in the street.

Wright says her daughter was going to visit a friend the night of her death. She was described as being close to her mother and five siblings, adding Terrey was:

"a very caring person who was a magnet to people. She made a good impression. She spoke of love and carrying, although she was struggling with her identity -- just like all teenagers do. [Terrey] was outgoing and you couldn't find a picture of her where she wasn't smiling. She wouldn't kill a fly. It's a very big puzzle.''

The coroner's office has reportedly put a security hold on releasing the victim's name, and the LAPD have not issued an official release naming Terrey as the victim.

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The Facebook page "Terrey Wright Rest in Paradise" was established Tuesday, September 18.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call reporting the burning body late Monday night at 319 W. 94th St., near Broadway.

No information about how Terrey came to be set ablaze in the street has been revealed.

Wright says is planning a candlelight vigil at the scene at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.