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Help FOX 11 Tell This Story: Moving To Escape Violence

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During the Monday morning news meeting here at FOX 11, we were discussing the shooting death of six-year-old Tiana Ricks during a family party over the weekend and we were struck by something her cousin told one of our reporters yesterday.

LeShawn Cook, the owner of the house where the party and shooting took place, said she moved to Moreno Valley two years ago from Compton to escape the gang violence in her old community. In those two years, she says, she's "never heard gunshots, never seen guys hanging out. I thought it was a good neighborhood."

Now, this: a young girl is dead and her father wounded and Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies say the suspects may be gang members. Cook and her family moved out of the city looking for a safer life, like so many other families who have moved to other parts of the Inland Empire and Antelope Valley. Sadly, for some of those people, the violence has now followed them to their new communities.

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