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  • POMC Los Angeles Chapter

Melody Ann Brewer

DOD:  1/31/2000

City of Murder:  San Pedro


LAPD - Robbery-Homicide Division


Lt. J. “Milo” Mylonakis – – 213-453-7854 &

Det. II Mitzi A. Roberts –  – 213-486-6814

Detective Luis Romero – 818-571-8218 –


Melody Ann Brewer, a 17-year-old white female, died Monday, Jan. 31, after being shot in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.


Los Angeles police detectives said Melody Brewer was never believed to be the intended target of the January 31, 2000 homicide in San Pedro.


LAPD Detective Paul Inabu said he and another detective assigned to the case gelled quickly around the idea of a gang-related hit. They knew a man had walked up to the car and sprayed it with bullets. The man sitting in the driver’s seat wasn’t struck by a single round. But Brewer took nine shots to her body. The girl Inabu believed was the intended target was 22-year-old Cher Mitchell, who was standing next to the Camaro. She died at the scene, too. Inabu said she, Melody, was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


It was the first double-homicide of Inabu’s career, and he remembered the sheer number of bullet casings at the scene. He said the detectives knew quickly Brewer was an innocent bystander. They even thought they might have a good lead on who pulled the trigger.

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