Arrest Made in Williams Sister Killing

09/15/2003 10:27AM

A 24-year-old man was was arrested early Monday morning in connection with a shooting on Sunday that killed Yetunde Price, 31, the older sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced early Monday.

Aaron Michael Hammer, 24, of Compton, Calif., was jailed without bail, sheriff's Deputy Richard Pena tells the Associated Press. No details from the arrest have been released, nor has a motive been revealed in the case, but police say that an assault rifle was found at the crime scene and neighbors reported hearing six to 20 gunshots.

Price, who used her mother's maiden name, was shot in the upper body early Sunday on the 1100 block of Greenleaf Boulevard in the L.A. suburb of Compton, where her sisters first rose to prominence on the tennis courts, The New York Times reports.

Price, who was trained as a nurse, owned a beauty salon and lived far from Compton, in Corona, Calif., and sometimes worked as a personal assistant to her sisters. She was divorced and had three children, Jair, 5; Justus, 9; and Jeffrey, 11.

According to published reports, Price had been sitting with a man in a sport-utility vehicle shortly after midnight when "somehow they had become involved in a confrontation with the local residents," Pena said, according to AP.

The man with Price, identified as Rolland Wormley, 28, was not hurt and drove her to a relative's house in Long Beach, where he called 911, Pena said. Price was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where she died.

Wormley was reportedly jailed after authorities discovered he was on parole, which they said was violated by being at the scene of the shooting. Specifics of his original infraction have not been revealed.

The Williams sisters issued a statement shortly after the shooting saying, "We are extremely shocked, saddened and devastated by the shooting death of our beloved Yetunde. She was our nucleus and our rock. "

Venus, 23, flew Sunday from New York to Los Angeles. Serena, 21, traveled from Toronto to gather with relatives.

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