BIRTH: May 24, 1989
DEATH: October 21, 2005
Tara, 16, an actress, was shot to death outside an apartment complex.
Tara made her debut at the age of 14, when she won the role of a gang member on the TV show “Judging Amy.” She played the part of the gang member Graciela in eight episodes of “Judging Amy” and had made her big screen debut earlier this summer in REBOUND, opposite Martin Lawrence.
Tara and her boyfriend and a few others were standing outside the apartment complex when someone walked up and suddenly, there was a hail of bullets, three people were hit in what police described as a “walk-up gang-related shooting.” Tara was hit five times and she died at a hospital less than 3 hours later.
Damien Watts, was convicted in 2009 for the murder of Tara. He was found guilty on 2 counts of first degree murder and 6 counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.