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Monday, February 27, 2012

Girl, 11, dies after fight over boy

Sulaiman Kamal | 8:24 PM | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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Joanna Ramos was rushed into surgery but pronounced dead three hours later

Health officials and police in Long Beach, California, in the US, are trying to determine how an 11-year-old girl died after getting into a fight with another girl over a boy.

Joanna Ramos, a fifth grader at Willard Elementary School, died Friday night in the hospital after complaining of a headache.

"She was so nice to me; she was like a sister to me," said classmate Stephanie Soltero, crying.

"They were fighting over a boy, just for a boy. It’s just stupid."

The two girls and seven onlookers went to an alley off campus after school on Friday, where they had planned to fight, according to Deputy Chief Robert Luna of the Long Beach Police Department.

No weapons were used and no one was knocked to the ground.

Police are waiting for autopsy results to determine Ramos’ cause of death.

Ramos’ classmate said she was complaining about a pain in her head during an after-school program.

"She was crying and saying her head was hurting. She said to the supervisor, the principal on call, and told them that her head was hurting."

"Then she called the parents and the parents took her to the hospital," classmate Justin Robert King Jr. said.

Ramos was unconscious and not breathing when family members took her to the hospital at about 5:50 pm., according to police.

She was rushed into surgery but pronounced dead three hours later.

Police said the students were involved in an after- school program, and at some point left the campus and went to an alley near the K-5 school to fight.

It was not clear whether Ramos returned to school, or went home.

Some students said bullying had been a problem at the school, but Luna would not confirm whether that was an issue in this case. He also did not know whether the girls had problems in the past.

On Saturday, a shrine had been put up on the front steps of Willard Elementary, which has about 800 students.

Police said they were working to interview anyone with information about the girls and what caused the fight.

"We are still trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together," Luna said.

The Los Angeles County coroner had not yet performed an autopsy. The coroner will determine the exact cause of death.

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