LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of Yetunde Price, the eldest sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, police said yesterday.
Aaron Michael Hammer, 24, was being held without bail after his arrest late Sunday, Deputy Bill Spear of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told AFP.
Price, 31, was shot early Sunday in the crime-ridden Compton suburb of Los Angeles, where the tennis stars grew up, authorities said.
Police also arrested the man who was with Price in a white sports utility vehicle at the time of the incident, 28-year-old Rolland Wormley, for violating parole.
Whatever his involvement was in this incident was enough to violate the terms and conditions of his parole, Spear said.
Police said deputies were on patrol when they heard gunshots in Compton, a crime-plagued and poverty-ridden community south of downtown Los Angeles that has a murder rate four times the national average.
Price and a male companion had been in a white sports utility vehicle when they became involved in a confrontation with some local residents, Sheriff's deputy Scott Butler said.
One of the local residents pulled a weapon out and began to shoot, and the female victim was shot in the upper torso and transported to hospital where she died, Pena said.
Venus and Serena Williams are the youngest of five daughters raised by Richard Williams and Oracene Price, who are now divorced. AFP