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2 arrested in high school soccer player's killing, police say

January 17, 2012 | 10:14 am

Photos at memorial site for Francisco Rodriguez

Two people have been arrested in the slaying of El Camino Real High School soccer player Francisco Rodriguez, who was gunned down in the front yard of his Winnetka home, sources familiar with the case said Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Police Department planned to make an official announcement later in the day, sources said, adding the killing is believed to have stemmed from a dispute over a romantic interest.

Rodriguez, 17, had just gotten home from a soccer game Wednesday when a girl knocked at his front door in Winnetka. He went outside and moments later was shot to death.

PHOTOS: Teen killed in Winnetka

Family members said they did not recognize the girl, who had red hair. The shots came from a sport utility vehicle parked out front, they said.

Classmates described Rodriguez as popular, outgoing and flirtatious.

The victim's older sister, Jessica, said Tuesday morning that authorities had not shared any information with the family.

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Photo: Pictures of El Camino Real's goalkeeper Francisco Rodriguez are seen next to a soccer ball at a memorial set outside his family's home Friday. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

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