Tara Correa-McMullen, with Martin Lawrence in Rebound
20th Century FOX
10/31/2005 at 08:00 AM EST
Teen actress Tara Correa-McMullen – who plays Graciela, a former gang member, on TV's Judging Amy – was shot to death as a victim of gang violence, according to authorities.
Police in Inglewood, a suburb south of Los Angeles, said the 16-year-old was shot several times as she stood outside an apartment complex Oct. 21, the Associated Press reports. Two men with her were wounded. No suspects have been identified, but police believe the shooting was gang-related.
"She may have just been at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Sgt. Steve Overly.
At Friday's funeral for Correa-McMullen at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Hollywood Hills, her parents, Devora Correa and Thomas McMullen, remembered their daughter as an energetic and unassuming person who made friends with everyone, "whether they were a grip or a caterer."
But friends at the funeral said that Correa-McMullen – whose first movie, Rebound, came out this summer and then earned her the role on Amy – recently had been hanging out with a "bad crowd."