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Two men have been charged with murder and other counts in connection with a woman’s killing outside a bicycle rental shop in Venice just over a year ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Isiah Eugene Caldwell Jr., 28, and Jonathan Michael Singh, 30, are each charged with murder in the Dec. 1, 2020, shooting death of Ky Thomas, 28, during a confrontation, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The two are also charged with one count each of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Caldwell is also facing a misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded firearm on one’s person or in a vehicle, while Singh is charged with possession of an assault weapon.

Caldwell, Singh and others allegedly confronted the woman, her boyfriend, her sister and her sister’s boyfriend as they waited outside the bicycle rental store, with Caldwell allegedly shooting Thomas during the confrontation, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Thomas, who was shot in the area of Ocean Front Walk and 17th Avenue, died at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The woman suffered a gunshot wound to the body , according to records from the coroner’s office.

The victim’s mother, Cortlyn Bridges, subsequently pleaded for the public’s help in solving the crime.

“I’m begging you please, it could have been your child … Just call the police and let them know, I’m begging you. My grandchildren don’t have their mother,” Cortlyn Bridges told CBS2 in December 2020. “They took my baby from me. Y’all took my baby … They need to be held accountable for what they did.”

Last month, she told reporters, “She left behind two kids, but you guys (the Los Angeles City Council) can put up a reward for the girl who was killed in Hancock Park, but because my daughter was African-American, there was nothing done. … What about her two kids?”

Caldwell and Singh were arrested Jan. 26 by Los Angeles police and have remained behind bars since then, according to jail records.

The two have pleaded not guilty and are due in court Thursday, with a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to require them to stand trial.

In a statement announcing the charges, District Attorney George Gascón asked for the public’s help “in finding additional suspects involved in the killing as we continue our pursuit of justice on Ky’s behalf.”

The county’s top prosecutor said his “deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Ky Thomas, and my heart breaks for her small children and her mother, who has fought so diligently for justice.”

“Nothing can mitigate the pain that they must be feeling at this hour, but I hope that they will find a moment of peace in knowing that those responsible for Ky’s death will be held accountable,” the district attorney said.

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