Hairstylist Miah Banks Killed in Downtown LA New Year’s Eve Party Shooting: Family Speaks Out

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A tragic shooting occurred at a New Year’s Eve party in downtown Los Angeles, resulting in the death of two people and injuries to eight others. The event took place at a warehouse known for hosting “underground” parties, with the shooting erupting around 1 a.m. on Monday.

One of the victims was identified as 26-year-old Miah Banks, a hairstylist from Azusa, who attended the party with her cousin and best friend, 25-year-old Lanise Harris. Harris described the harrowing moment when the shooting began, leading to the tragic loss of her friend.

Banks left behind an 8-year-old daughter, Ami, who is now being cared for by her grandmother. The family is devastated by the loss and struggling to comprehend the senseless act of violence that claimed Banks’ life. The shooting has left the community reeling, with the LAPD continuing to investigate the incident and urging anyone with information to come forward.

The grieving mother of Miah Banks, Markesha Cummings, shared the pain of losing her daughter to gun violence for the second time, emphasizing the need for the suspects to be apprehended. The tragic event has also become the first mass shooting of 2024, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

As the investigation into the shooting continues, the family is left to grapple with the loss of Miah Banks and the impact it has had on their lives. The community is urged to come forward with any information that may aid in bringing the perpetrators to justice, as the search for answers and closure for the victims’ families continues.