Victim feared tribal evictions could turn violent

February 21, 2014

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a woman who was shot to death during an eviction meeting at the headquarters of a California Indian tribe says her daughter worried that such actions could get violent.

Linda Stubblefield of Taft said Friday that her daughter, 47-year-old Shelia Lynn Russo, was a tribal administrator who managed evictions and several times had mentioned her fears about possible violence related to her duties.

Police say Cherie Lash Rhoades, former chairwoman of the Cedarville Rancheria tribe, shot and killed Russo and three other people on Thursday during a meeting at tribal headquarters about evicting Rhoades and her son from tribal land.

Sheriff's officials identified the other three people killed as the brother, niece and nephew of Rhoades. Two other people were wounded in the attack in Alturas in far Northern California.


Information from: KRCR-TV.