Firebaugh woman faces murder charges

MERCED, Calif. -

A Firebaugh woman is in custody and is facing first degree murder charges, after being accused of deliberately running over another woman with her car, police said. 

 

Merced Police Department said it happened around 7 p.m., Sunday, near Martin Luther King Boulevard and 19th Street. Police said this is the second homicide of the year. 

 

Neighbors we spoke with said the scene Sunday night was a chaotic commotion that began as a fight and ended in tragedy. 

 

"It was crazy, it was like shark invested somebody see some blood and all the fish came around and nobody wants to do anything to stop it," said Rudy Hernandez, a neighbor. 

 

Hernandez is talking about a horrible fight that led to 20-year-old, Tiarra Gallashaw's, death. 

 

"I seen a couple of of girls fighting in the middle of the road and the whole neighborhood was going crazy like they were enjoying it and people were filming it with their cell phones and nobody tried to stop the fight, and I don't even know if you wanted to stop the fight because you would have gotten beat up yourself," said Hernandez. 

 

Police said both Gallashaw and 25-year-old Ashely sanders, knew each other and met near Martin Luther King Blvd and 19th street to settle a dispute they had between them. Police said that's when it quickly escalated. 

 

"One of the girls who was involved in the fight got into her car and left the area but made a u-turn turned around and when she came back she ran over the other girl she was fighting with knocked her to the ground and completely ran over her," said Capt. Matt Williams, Merced Police Department. 

 

Police said Gallashaw was airlifted to a Modesto hospital where she died from her injuries. Police said Sanders was arrested at the scene. 

 

"What turned out to be a little fight ended in someone being killed," said Hernandez. 

 

Friends of Gallashaw's posted on Facebook that there will be a candlelight vigil Monday at 7:30 p.m. where she was killed. 

 


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