Glenda Lambson, 18, bled to death after she was shot at her U Street apartment on April 4, 1993.
Kenya Golston, Lambson’s boyfriend at the time, was arrested for the shooting and pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records. He was sentenced to four years in state prison.
Lambson was shot just above the hip at her apartment in the 400 block of U Street. According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, Lambson’s cousin, who was at the apartment when the shooting occurred, reported hearing Lambson ask, “Why did you shoot me?” and plead for help as she staggered out of Golston’s bedroom. The cousin told police that Golston said they had been “playing” with a gun and that it went off when Lambson slapped it away after he pointed it at her.
Fearful of police involvement, they delayed seeking medical help for Lambson until a neighbor called 911, bringing paramedics to the scene.
Just three weeks before the shooting, Lambson had provided key testimony in the the trial of her former boyfriend, Melvin Traylor, a known member of the Crips gang who was convicted of murder. Police initially suspected her death was an act of retaliation but later dismissed that theory.
Lambson left a 6-month-old daughter.