Youth center named for victim of ethnic violence

Los Angeles officials Monday dedicated the Cheryl Green Community Youth Center in Harbor Gateway, named after the African American teenager who was shot to death in 2006 by Latino gang members.

Green, 14, was killed near her home when a 204th Street gang member fired into a group of black youths on Harvard Boulevard, police said. The Latino gang had been preying on and attacking blacks for years.

Several members of Green's family attended the ceremony.

"I feel so proud and happy. My sister didn't die in vain," said Vanessa Cary, 21, who saw the youth center at the corner of Del Amo Boulevard and Denker Avenue for the first time Monday.

Gang intervention and adult education programs are planned at the site, and officials said they also hope to build a computer lab for neighborhood youth.

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