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Woman Accused in Fatal Shooting of Teen Who Fathered Her Child

Melinda Gaffney, 30, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Terrance Forks

Woman Accused in Fatal Shooting of Teen Who Fathered Her Child
A 30-year-old Richmond woman has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy who was the father of her child, a prosecutor said today.

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Melinda Gaffney had apparently been arguing with Terrance Forks about his girlfriend before she allegedly shot and killed him outside of a Richmond apartment complex on the night of April 8, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox said.
 
Prosecutors charged Gaffney with murder with an enhancement for use of a firearm causing great bodily injury, according to the district attorney's office. The charges came two days after Gaffney turned herself in to the San Francisco Police Department on a $1 million arrest warrant.

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She had been transferred to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office as of this morning, authorities said. Police found Forks suffering from gunshot wounds after receiving multiple reports of a fight and shots fired in front of the Crescent Park apartments in the 3900 block of Fleming Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on April 8.
 
A crowd had gathered at the scene and witnesses gave police the license plate number of the suspect's white Lexus sedan, which was later found abandoned.

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