South L.A. woman killed by roommate over $10 payment, police say

Approximate location where a woman was fatally shot during an argument. Map also shows 11 victims within one mile of the incident in the last year.
(Homicide Report)

A man was facing possible murder charges Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a woman in South Los Angeles during an argument over a $10 payment, police said.

Los Angeles County coroner officials identified the victim of the 6:50 a.m. shooting Monday in the 5700 block of 9th Avenue in Hyde Park as Terri Kwan Smith, 42.

Smith lived in a transitional housing residence with her 11-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son, said LAPD Det. Chris Barling. At least six other adults lived at the house, he said.

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The shooting followed a weeklong disagreement between Smith and one of the roommates, Kenneth Theodrick Parks, 55, over the Internet service payment, Barling said.

During the argument Monday, Parks allegedly pulled a gun and shot Smith.

Her 40-year-old boyfriend was wounded and taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition, police said.

Parks is expected to be charged with murder and attempted murder and remained jailed in lieu of $1-million bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning.


At least 11 people have been killed within a mile of Monday’s shooting, according to the Homicide Report.

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