PASADENA : Suspect in Party Slaying of Girl, 16, Surrenders

An 18-year-old Pasadena man suspected of shooting a 16-year-old Monterey Park girl to death at a Valentine's Day party has surrendered.

Angel Garcia turned himself in Friday to a court liaison officer at Pasadena Municipal Court, Pasadena Police Lt. Gene Gray said. Garcia was being held at Pasadena City Jail on suspicion of the murder of Gilda Martinez.

Two people accused of being accomplices--Martinez's boyfriend, 18-year-old Henry Portillo, and his younger brother, whom police refused to identify because he is a juvenile--were still at large.

Police have identified Garcia and the Portillo brothers as gang members.

Martinez, a student at Rose City Continuation High School in Pasadena, died after she was apparently caught in the middle of a gang fight at the party in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue. Martinez had skipped school to attend the party, which was held during school hours.

Another teen-ager was shot in the thigh and two teen-agers were stabbed during the fight, police said.

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