- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three reputed gang members are charged with killing a 15-year-old Southern California girl who was kidnapped on her way to school in 2002.

Prosecutors filed murder and other charges Tuesday against Eddie Chavira, Daniel Cervantes and George Barraza.

Chavira and Cervantes already were in prison for an unrelated manslaughter.

Barraza is at large.

A fourth defendant, Rosemary Chavira, pleaded not guilty in March.

Prosecutors say Brenda Sierra was kidnapped in October 2002 as she walked to a friend’s house to catch a ride to her high school in Montebello.

She was raped and beaten to death. Her body was found the next day in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Authorities say she was killed because her brother testified against gang members in connection with a shooting and to intimidate other witnesses.

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