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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A violent reaction to a love triangle left a Memphis mother fighting for her life and three people in jail.

The three suspects, accused of shooting the mother in front of her children, are all charged with attempted first-degree murder.

One of the suspects comes from a family that authorities say has a history of terrorizing people on the streets of North Memphis.

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For nearly 40 years, their family name has been synonymous with bloody street violence in North Memphis. In viewing the mayhem created by the shooting of Memphis mother Kamesha Duckett, in front of her children on Wednesday, the 21-year old father of her children, Terrance Bobo, is allegedly keeping up the family tradition.

Bobo is charged with criminal attempt first degree murder while Duckett clings to life at The MED in critical condition.  A Memphis Police affidavit of complaint says Bobo was the backseat behind the driver, Cameron Edwards, as he pulled up on Duckett on Pope. As Duckett moved toward the car, the affidavit says that's when Tiffani Franklin, Bobo's new girlfriend, opened fire on Duckett shooting her several times in the chest.

After their arrest, the affidavit says Franklin admitted to investigators she pulled the trigger.

This is latest example of the blatant and explosive history of violence that's often been attributed directly to the Bobo family. Since 1975, when Willie Bobo was arrested and later convicted of first degree murder in the death of a Memphis businessman, Bobo brothers, cousins and uncles have wreaked their own forms of havoc.

Marcus Bobo was charged with aggravated assault in 2010. In 2007 McArthur Bobo was convicted of murder. In that same year, Jason Bobo was tabbed as the shooter of two coworkers at a Nashville pizza parlor and fled home to Memphis before he was captured.

In 1996, James Bobo was convicted of murder in cutting a woman's throat and leaving her in the street to die.

Shelby County Deputy Chief Mark Dunbar remembers the Bobos, unlike other infamous crime families in Memphis history, adhered to no limits when it came to committing violent acts.

"Just the family in general. They were, they were a lot of hardened criminals," Deputy Chief Dunbar said. "There was a generation of them that were, they were extremely violent."

But, despite their family history, no other Bobo member had such a signature of an unparalleled violent streak than Tony Bobo. Headlines of the day in the mid-1980s told of a man described at the time as a "cold blooded mass murderer," convicted of shooting three people in the span of less than six months, including gunning down a father in front of his family.

Tony Bobo was sentenced to Tennessee's death row in 1984. Deputy Chief Dunbar says he's still been a menace.

"When he got on death row he killed a couple of people while he was up there," the deputy chief said. "He was a one man wrecking machine on death row."

With an arrest record that already includes meth distribution, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, at 21 Terrance Bobo is headed down a familiar path.

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