By Ruben Vives
1:48 PM PST, December 10, 2013
Two brothers accused of shooting and killing a 7-year-old girl in Palmdale during a car chase were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Jesus Alberto Peralta, 22, and Carlos Peralta, 19, face felony counts of murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County distirct attorney's office.
The brothers -- both of Palmdale -- also face three counts of attempted murder, along with gun and gang allegations. If convicted on all charges, they would each face a maximum 185 years to life in prison.
Prosecutors alleged that the group "issued a gang challenge" to the boyfriend, but did not elaborate on the brief confrontation that followed.
The boyfriend got into his vehicle with his girlfriend and her children and drove off, but prosecutors allege that the three men followed them in their own car, firing several times at the family car.
The family didn't realized the second-grader had been shot until after they made it home, Desirae's aunt Rose Galvan, told The Times.
Galvan said police told her that a bullet ricocheted off a taillight and went through the backseat before hitting Desirae in the back of the head.
Desirae was shielding herself in the backseat when she was struck, the aunt said.
Desirae was placed on life support until Sept. 5, when she was pronounced dead.
At the time, she was the sixth 7-year-old to have been killed in Los Angeles County since 2007, according to the Homicide Report.
A seventh, Taalib Pecantte, was shot and killed last week in the Mid-City area of L.A.
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