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Times coverage: Student at Long Beach's Wilson High fatally shot after homecoming game

November 3, 2009 | 11:23 am

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Melody Ross, a 16-year-old Cambodian teen, was shot and killed Friday, Oct. 30, in the 4400 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach as she left Wilson High School's homecoming football game, authorities said.

The following is an excerpt of the Times story covering the shooting: Student at Long Beach's Wilson High fatally shot after homecoming game

The "Supergirl" Halloween costume that 16-year-old Melody Ross wore to the Wilson High School football game was befitting of her promising resume: honors student, pole vaulter and athlete, positive attitude, aspirations to attend UCLA.

Those were the attributes that Ross' friends and family recalled Saturday as they gathered near the stadium gates at the Long Beach campus. They placed flowers and votive candles at the spot where she was fatally shot Friday night as she and her friends were leaving the Wilson homecoming game against Polytechnic High School.

The daughter of Cambodian immigrants, Ross died at St. Mary's Hospital at 10:30 p.m., half an hour after she was shot, said her uncle, Sam Che.

Two men, ages 18 and 20, were wounded in the gunfire and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. They are not believed to be students at either school, and their identities were not released.

No arrests have been made, police said.

Photo: Friends and classmates gather at a makeshift memorial near the football stadium where Melody Ross was shot. Police say no arrests have been made. "I'm sick to my stomach when something like that happens," the football coach said. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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Comments (3)

this is sad.man,you got to be kidding me.what idiot shoots in a crowd of innocent people.what did that prove clown.your hood/gang should kick the sh@#$t outta you.you took a young girls life and ruined countless of friends and family members.how the hell you couldnt distinguish supergirl from a gang member.you are a real class act and i hope justice screws you over big time.......

the state need to open up the gas chamber or old sporkey again for these clowns.they dident have nonthing better to do just set around an look for some child to come out from a football game an take her life. somthing need to be done about these killers out here. this is the onley country can get away with murder.talk is chep we need to do somthing about theses killings.do we have to take the law in our own hands to stop this mess. somebody talk to me now what can we do to stop this it is at our door steps.

i think what they did was mean why would they do that to a young girl,she still needed to live her life and do the things she wanted to do plus the worst thing is how her family and friends will feel.



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