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Murder-suicide claims the life of a 16-year-old Lincoln Heights girl, police say

A 20-year-old man shot and killed his teenage girlfriend Friday night during a domestic dispute in Lincoln Heights before turning the gun on himself, police said

The shooting was reported about 8:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Daly Street. Police officers of LAPD's Hollenbeck Division found a teenage girl dead from a gunshot wound to the back of the head, said LAPD Officer Gregory Baek. She was identified by the LAPD as Maria Valderrama, 16.

A short time later, as police searched for the gunman, the 20-year-old man, identified by police as Juan Carlos Mendez, was found in a nearby alley with a gunshot wound to the chest area, Baek said.

"At some point, either at the scene or in the ambulance, he admitted to shooting the girl," Baek said.

Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said Mendez and Valderrama had been dating for two years and were involved in a dispute at the apartment when Mendez allegedly shot her. He then fled and shot himself nearby, Baek said.

-- Ruben Vives

 
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did he have to shoot the young lady, he must be a coward, he should have just put her over his knee and just spanked her, she was someones sister, daugther, mother---there goes the prison population up again.! LOL

REST IN PEACE THE HOMEGIRL MARIA VALDERRAMA WE WELL MISS U AND WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE U OUR HEART TEARS WE SHED FOR U (:

things happen in life!!!she love him... now she is gone with him now just let them be happy some were else... she new how he was but there she was still with him...

MARIA VALDERRAMA WAS MY FRIEND. SHE WAS WAS A GREAT PERSON BUT THEN SHE ENDED UP NOT REALLY HANGING OUT WITH ME AND MY FRIENDS DO TO HER MAKING HER OWN FRIENDS. I DONT JUDGE HOPEFULLY PEOPLE DONT. THEY SHOULD LET HER REST IN PEACE. SHE NOW GONE, BUT GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST

i think that nobody should judge that the girl was 14 and he was 18 when they started dating because if yew actually like somebody then age shouldnt matter...since none of yew guys know what really happened yew shouldnt be saying that he shot her on purpose n idk what...know your facts then start talking...dam i just feel sorry for the family bcuz they have to go through all this...i just want to let them know that ive been through this already...and for all yew racist ppl!!! dnt talk bout mexicans n especially if your white cuz mexicans worked for you guys for years until finally someone like Cesar Chavez stood up for us and said something!!!!!!!!!!

this is so horrible,
i am 15 and this makes me actually think...

Man. . .if you people don't know why the hell you talking. just hating. they were in love. love has no limits and age don't matter. they were in love. the family is really nice and if you don't know thenn you shouldn't say anything. go get a life. and let them rest in peace!!!!!

So very sad. I grew up with the Mendez family. I knew the shooter, personally. I knew his mom, dad and was best friends with his older sister. We were all blown away by the death of this little girl. No one would have expected this from this kid.Rest in Peace, Maria.

DAMN MARIA WE MISS YOU SOO MUCH. UNTILL THIS DAY I CANT RRALLY STOP THINKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN :/ IF NOTHING WOULD OF HAPPEN YOU WOULD STILL BE HERE WITH US. AND YEAH PEOPLE DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT HAPPEN BUT YET THEY RUN THERE MOUTH. UGHH I JUST CANT BELIVE HE WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND IT WAS ALL OVER SOME FIGHT THEN HE HAD TOLD LAPD THAT HE DIDNT MEAN TO KILL YOU, THAT HE WAS TRYING TO SCARED YOU!!!MAN FIRST OF ALL WHY IN THE HELL WOULD HE PUT A GUN IN BACK OF YOUR HEAD AND IT THAT WAS NOT RIGHT. YOU SHOULD OF NOT BEEN WITH HIM YOU KNEW HE WAS DANGEROUS. AND EVERYONE THAT READS THIS AGE DONT REALLY MATTER IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE AND THEY ALSO LOVE YOU. WHO CARES WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK! AND YEAH PEOPLE DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE OTHER PEOPLE IF THEY DONT KNOW WHATS GOING ON. I KNOW THIS IS MESSED UP AND I SHOULDNT BE SAYING THIS BUT I AM KINDA GLAD HE KILLED HIMSELF. THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY MARIA WE LOVE YOU AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN ->RIP CLUMZY <-

UH I M, and will judge, i blame MOTHER.
UNTIL Boy/Girl are 18 years old, i say sure date men over 18 but under 22 if it is possible even SAME AGE. bottom line?this girl mother LET HER freedom and all GO OUT.MEET GROWN MEN 19 20 YEARS OLD.when she was 13 he was almost 18 another paper say last winter ,and in another paper this summer i read on this,sad beyond tragic story blamin MOTHER.i m sick of this. Gun really are killin SO MANY,just no stoppin it,young man must have BEEN had a trouble bad boy history to have a gun so young,and seein her for 2 long years,now all the sudden GONE?DEAD"BACK OF THE HEAD"JUST PICTURIN HER SCARED OR MAYBE NOT EVEN KNOWIN THE NIGHT SHE WAS GOIN TO DIE OR DAY JUST BEYOND SAD.AND I JUST BLAME MOTHER,she should hav watch/protect child more.beyond sad this is,and i m goin to atgain say rip as i said on another blog on this story months ago august
2010 just sad,i blame mother no 1 else,because she ALLOW her 13 or 14 y.o.
CHILD SLEEP WIT/SEE A MAN GROWN AZZ MAN 18 and now"she dead"
MOTHER FAULT.
rip.
THIS STORY SHOULD BE SEEN ON EACH FACEBOOK PAGE ALLOW
and my space etc. and all over as WHAT NOT TO DO as young girls will keep
being put AT RISK like this,and it is so sad,she has to die this way,NO GUY
is worth it,date your OWN age appropriate guy like girl is 14 ok guy 15 or 16
NO OLDER PERIOD.and if she is 15 and he 16 or going on 17 again it is all about how your raisin the kid PERIOD.RIP.sad for both him,and her but more naturally HER,him cause he feel he has to kill some 1 like this,i wonder if he kill or have hurt any 1 else,probly some people sayin either way sad either way for the girl mor,we blame MOTHER,i hope this HAUNT the mother rest of her pathetic life.
your able to still be the COOL NICE FRIENDLY HIP PARENT lettin ur kid
to date AGE APPROPRIATE,Without sayin sure go date a grown man.so sad.
rip.
from jose and lizette.
east coast
nyc nj philly.

 
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