17-year-old Cerritos College nursing student killed in Compton shooting

NORWALK — Chloe Hunter had her heart set on being a nurse, but the 17-year-old's life was cut short during a shooting in Compton on Sept. 30.

Chloe was one of four people shot outside a school carnival at the Optimal Child Development Center at 1300 E. Palmer St. around 5 p.m.


The school’s blacktop, where the carnival was being held, is behind the large parking lot for DND Mart Liquor, at 217 N. Long Beach Ave., where Chloe and others had parked to attend the carnival, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hoglund.

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Hunter had graduated Bellflower High School early so she could earn more money to pay for college. She went on to take classes at Cerritos College.


"She had three jobs. She just kept saying, 'I can't wait until I'm 18. Then I can be management. I can work after 10, I can work a full 40 hours,'" her mother, Janel Hunter, said.


She worked as a cashier at Little Ceasars Pizza at Lakewood Plaza and a clerk at the Tommy Hilfiger store at the Citadel Outlet mall and just two weeks ago, started working as a hostess at TGI Fridays in Bellflower.


Janel said she was proofreading her daughter's English assignment Sunday, when Chloe left to meet a friend at a Compton dance-off, which is designed to keep children off the streets and out of trouble.


"She left the house at 5. I got a call that she was shot at 5:30," Janel said.


Chloe was one of four people shot that day. The other three victims are recovering, but Chloe was pronounced dead at the hospital.


Claire Hunter is struggling with the loss of her younger sister.


"I was at work...Chloe just came with a friend to go to a dance battle and then this happened," she said.


The shooter remains at-large; a motive for the shooting is unclear.


"I really just wanted to put a name and a face - a person - and a life to the headline of 17-year-old girl killed in Compton. I want the world to know who that 17-year-old girl is," Janel said.


Anyone with more information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.