California Schoolgirl’s Death in Fight Ruled a Homicide

KABC-TV/ABC News(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- The death of an 11-year-old Southern California schoolgirl after a fight with another student has been ruled a homicide, the coroner said on Monday.

Investigators said Joanna Ramos, a fifth-grader at Willard Elementary School in Long Beach, died from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Ramos died at 9 p.m. Friday.  Earlier that afternoon, she and another fifth-grade girl had planned to fight in an alley near the school.

“They were fighting over a boy, just for a boy,” classmate Stephanie Soltero told ABC News affiliate KABC, crying.  “It’s just stupid.”

Police said there were seven witnesses to the fight, which lasted less than a minute and didn’t involve any weapons.  No arrests have been reported.

After the fight, Ramos returned to her after-school program with blood on her knuckles from wiping a bloody nose.  She also complained of a headache, prompting the school to call her parents.

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

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