Murder of Yetunde Price

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Yetunde Price
Born (1972-08-09)9 August 1972
Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Died 14 September 2003(2003-09-14) (aged 31)
Compton, California, United States
Residence Corona, California

Yetunde Hawanya Tara Price (August 9, 1972 – September 14, 2003) was the elder half-sister of, and personal assistant to, leading tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. At the time of her death, she was 31 years old, the eldest of Oracene Price's five daughters, mother of three children, a registered nurse and owner of a beauty salon. Price was the victim of a drive-by shooting on September 14, 2003, in Compton, in Los Angeles County, California, known for its history of gang violence. She was shot in the head while riding in an SUV driven by her boyfriend (who police reported was the intended victim) and died at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.[1][2]

Compton rapper Game's song "Dreams" is dedicated to her memory.

Southside Crips gang member Robert Edward Maxfield, 25, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on March 22, 2006, the day before his third trial for the killing was scheduled to start. The first two trials ended in a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict.[3] Prosecutors alleged during trial that Maxfield, surrounded by fellow gang members at a crack house, seized a firearm and took aim at the SUV when it approached. On April 6, 2006, Judge Steven Suzukawa sentenced Maxfield to 15 years in prison.[4]