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Teenager turns herself in for stabbing death of pregnant mother in Venice Beach

A teenage girl has been arrested in the stabbing death of a pregnant mother during a fight in front of a Venice Beach market last month, police said.

The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday when she turned herself over to the LAPD Olympic Division, authorities said.

She was wanted for allegedly stabbing 22-year-old Jasmine Preciado to death about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 21 near Windward and Pacific avenues. Preciado, who had a 3-year-old daughter and was three months’ pregnant, had gotten into a fight with the girl and two men when she was killed, police said.

Security video from a store in the area appeared to show the assailants and an SUV moments before the attack.

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In video obtained by KCBS, a group of people is gathered near the vehicle when one of them begins to walk away.

Someone in the group is seen moving toward that person and grabbing them from behind. At almost the same time, the other two people rush toward the pair. What happens from there is out of the view of the camera but a moment later, someone in a light shirt runs to the front of the SUV with a shiny, long object in their hand.

The group ultimately left the area. The vehicle was found about a mile away from the scene. The two men seen in the video are still wanted by police.

joseph.serna@latimes.com

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