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Tara Correa-McMullen
Born Shalvah McMullen
May 24, 1989
Westminster, Vermont
Died October 21, 2005 (aged 16)
Inglewood, California

Tara Correa-McMullen (May 24, 1989 – October 21, 2005), born Shalvah McMullen,[1] was an American actress who was most well-known for a recurring role playing a gang member, Graciela Reyes, on the CBS television series Judging Amy. In 2005, she co-starred with Martin Lawrence in the movie, Rebound, which was her only film role.



Correa-McMullen was born in Westminster, Vermont to Devra Correa and Thomas McMullen. She moved to Los Angeles, California and sang in the Venice High School choir.


On October 21, 2005, 16-year old Correa-McMullen was shot to death outside an apartment complex in Inglewood, California. Suspected gang member Damien Watts, 20, was charged with her murder on March 1, 2006, and convicted on January 23, 2009.[1] When charged, Watts was already in custody for a separate shooting.[2] Watts was sentenced on February 27, 2009 to life imprisonment, with no chance of parole.[3]

Sgt. Steve Overly stated that "she may have just been at the wrong place at the wrong time".[4] Cindy Osbrink, of the agency that had sometimes represented Correa-McMullen, stated that their client had become "unreliable"; and friends stated that recently she had been with a "bad crowd."[4]





  1. ^ a b "Gangster convicted in LA of killing teen actress". AP News. January 23, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2009.  
  2. ^ "Alleged Gang Member Charged in Shooting Death of Teen Actress". Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. March 1, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2009.  
  3. ^ "Gangster gets life for killing 'Judging Amy' teen". MSNBC. February 27, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2009.  
  4. ^ a b "Slain Young Actress Is Mourned". Los Angeles Times. October 29, 2005. Retrieved March 27, 2009.  

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