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    CA - Janessa Ramirez, 9, Killed by Stray Bullet in Gang Fight. Brian Cooks Arrested.

    A gang member suspected of killing Janessa Ramirez admitted to firing a gun that police believe killed the 9-year-old girl outside a Fresno laundromat a year ago, a police detective testified Friday in Fresno County Superior Court.

    Police say Janessa was killed by a stray bullet fired during a gunfight between two rival gang members on Marks Avenue north of Clinton Avenue during the evening hours of Jan. 18, 2015.

    Prosecutor William Terrence contends Brian Cooks, 23, committed murder because he fired a gun in the gunfight that ended up killing Janessa.

    Defense attorney Curtis Sok, however, says Cooks is not guilty of murder because he fired his gun at a drive-by shooter in self-defense.
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    Same age as my youngest.

    #RIPJanessa




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    So tragic. A little 9 yr old that should be excitedly going back to school after Christmas vacation…RIP Sweet Janessa
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    A Fresno gang member will stand trial on a charge of murder in connection with the killing of 9-year-old Janessa Ramirez, who was mortally wounded a year ago by a stray bullet from a gang gunfight, a judge ruled Monday in Fresno County Superior Court.

    Judge Arlan Harrell made his decision after an unusually long preliminary hearing that lasted three days and in which Fresno police detectives testified that 23-year-old Brian Cooks instigated the gunfight to settle a score with a rival.

    Though Cooks has admitted to firing a gun that police believed killed Janessa, he and his lawyer, Curtis Sok, contend he fired in self-defense toward a drive-by shooter.
    http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/...e54191565.html

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    It has been one year since a tragedy on the streets of northwest Fresno shook communities across the Valley. 9-year-old Janessa Ramirez was killed when a stray bullet fired during a gunfight on Marks Avenue north of Clinton Avenue struck her on January 18th of last year... Buttons, T-Shirts, and balloons by the handful were brought to St. Peter's Cemetery Monday. All to honor Janessa Ramirez, a nine-year-old girl killed exactly a year ago, hit by a stray bullet during a gang shootout in northwest Fresno. The loss motivates an entire community to pray...

    If convicted Brian Cooks faces life in prison. Cooks is expected back in court on January 26th
    http://www.yourcentralvalley.com/new...-hit-by-bullet

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    I can't believe it's already been a year! Thank you very much PastTense for this update

    Marking my calendar for January 26th. We will be here for #JusticeForJanessa




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