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But now Tomas was looking at doing time for another stolen-car case. So Terra gave up on bailing him out, and instead put money on his books and said she'd visit him in jail while he awaited trial.
She didn't sit at home waiting for Tomas to get out, though. On August 21, 2005, she was cruising Federal Boulevard when a car full of girls -- including a former friend of Terra's, Violet Garcia -- rolled up. Terra says that Violet and the other girls were calling and harassing her "24/7" because she'd decided she didn't want to be friends with them anymore.
Violet would later tell police that Terra was harassing her because Violet wouldn't help raise money to bail Tomas out of jail.
When Terra spotted the other car, she says, she tried to find a police officer she'd gotten to know when he did off-duty security at one of her hangouts on Federal, but he wasn't around. So she called another friend, Natalie McFarlane, for help.
Nineteen-year-old Natalie, who worked at 24-Hour Fitness while attending classes at Westwood College, had a clean record. But she also had a boyfriend, twenty-year-old Andreas "Andy" Rubio, who'd been picked up on a felony weapons offense in Lakewood that summer.
Terra had met Andy a few months earlier. He was homeboys with Tomas, and he'd sworn to look after her while Tomas was in the joint.
"I knew what he was capable of doing," Terra says of Andy. "The main reason why I called Natalie is because the girls were telling me on text messages and the phone when I answered that they were going to get the GKIs that shot me and tell them to go shoot my house up."
GKIs have been around Denver since Monique and Terra were born. The acronym has been interpreted several ways by three generations of gang members: Gangsters Killing Incas is the original definition, used to disrespect the Inca Boyz, an inactive Denver set. Some say GKI now stands for Gallant Knights Insane, others say it's Gangsters Killers Incorporated. The set grabbed headlines later that month when a federal indictment charged GKI members with distributing crack.
Although he never claimed GKI, Terra says, Andy was a "hood-hopper" who claimed Northside, Westside and Pimpin' Always, a newer clique that had started out as a tagging crew but was gaining notoriety as a gang last summer.
Shortly after Terra called for help, Andy and Natalie pulled up in Natalie's white Mitsubishi Lancer. Andy had an AK-47. Terra had a new text message from her rivals to show them: "Fuck you and your P.A. crew."
Andy and Natalie followed Terra to Ellsworth Avenue and Osceola Street, right down the street from where Violet lived. Andy got out and walked north on Osceola. Terra and Natalie could hear shots being fired. A car parked in front of Violet's house took some bullets.
Another bullet ripped through a house a couple of doors down, where sisters Kenia and Celine Venzor had just fallen asleep after a brief scare over a spider in their bed. The bullet sailed through a teddy bear and a speaker box, then hit an entertainment center, where it split in half. One half sliced through twelve-year-old Kenia's right arm, left breast and left hand, then entered six-year-old Celine's hip, narrowly missing the bone before it exited.
The sisters woke up screaming. Kenia knew right away that she had been shot. "I opened the door with my left hand," she remembers. "I don't know how I did it, because I could see right through my left hand."
"Kenia, don't die!" Celine yelled.
The floor of their bedroom was sticky with blood.
The girls' mother came in and saw that Celine's panties had been ripped away by the bullet. Kenia told her mother to call 911. It seemed like the ambulance took a long time to get there, but it was really only a matter of minutes.
"Mom, I'm dying," Kenia remembers saying. "I love you."
Soon after the cops arrived at the Venzor house, they interviewed Violet. After that, they decided to contact Terra and Natalie.
Officers knocked on the door of Natalie's parents' house and got permission to search her car. They found a live rifle round inside.
Natalie told them that Terra had asked her boyfriend, Andy, to shoot up Violet's house. Then she drew a map to Andy's house.
Terra, Natalie and Andy were each charged with six counts of attempted murder, two first-degree assaults, two charges of illegally discharging a firearm, one conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, and one count of conspiring to commit an illegal discharge of a firearm.
While Terra was behind bars in connection with the shooting on Osceola, the cops continued to investigate the incident in which she'd been shot.
Like Terra, Monique Trujillo was born and raised in Colorado and had done pretty well in school. She played basketball and had a 3.2 GPA at Westminster High School.
After the McDonald's shooting, Monique was held at Gilliam, a juvenile detention center in Denver, for about five days. But she was released in time to graduate from high school a month later. She'd already enrolled at Front Range Community College for fall 2005 classes when the Arvada police went to her house to arrest her.