Two men accused of shooting and killing a teenage girl two months ago in an Oceanside Park pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday as they faced the family of the teen they are accused of killing.
Daniel Ramos, 20, and Elias Ramos, 20, both of Oceanside, are facing multiple charges related to the shooting death of Annebell Flores, 15, including murder, pre-meditated attempted murder and felony possession of a firearm.
Deputy District Attorney Shawn Tafreshi said both charges are considered gang motivated. A judge issued a tile order on the defendants.
Flores, 15, was was shot and killed September 3 at Balderrama Park. Oceanside Police Officers found the 15-year-old at 2:30 a.m., on her back in the playground area of the park. She had suffered at least one gunshot wound.
Tafreshi explained the attack Wednesday, saying both young men were looking for and targeting a rival gang member at Balderrama Park to kill. Flores ended up as the victim.
Many of Flores' family was in court Wednesday for the suspects' arraignments.
Flores' grandfather says there is too much violence in the area.
"We have to do something," said Robert Espinoza. "We cannot turn our heads around and ignore it, that it's not happening. Come on, three homicides, within 60 days of each other. That's not acceptable, we need to help these kids."
The victim's family said that even though police claim both young men were looking for members of a rival gang, Flores was not affiliated, she had just grown up in the area.
Espinoza said he misses his granddaughter.
"Now that my granddaughter's gone, I can never see her again," he said outside of court. "One of the biggest things is, I want to hold her. I just feel sorry for their families. Theres three tragic families suffering right now. My family, and those two individuals, they're in custody right now."
A judge set bail for Elias at $2 million; bail for Daniel was set at $3 million. The two defendants were already in jail on unrelated charges, police said.
A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 17.