Drive-by Shooting that Killed Toddler Wasn't Random

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A prosecutor says a drive-by shooting that killed a toddler in Kansas City, Kansas, was not random and asked that the two teens charged in her death remain in custody.

After a hearing in juvenile court yesterday, a Wyandotte County judge ordered that police continue to hold 15-year-old Luis Gonzalez and 16-year-old Daniel Perez, both of Kansas City, Kansas.

Gonzalez and Perez were charged Friday with first-degree murder in the April third shooting death of two-year-old Yelena Guzman at her grandparents' home.

Prosecutors said the duo performed a ``dry run'' of the gang-related crime before carrying it out to make sure they had the right house and something wouldn't go wrong.

Yelena's father, Fernando Guzman, said he thought the gunman was looking for his brother-in-law, whom Guzman said was involved in gang activity and was at the home when the shooting happened.

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