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Searchers fail to find gun used in soccer player's slaying

Landfill searched for gun
Los Angeles police and community volunteers ended their search Wednesday evening for the gun used in the slaying of a well-liked 17-year-old soccer player at El Camino Real High School.

No weapon was found as searchers scoured the Calabasas Landfill, but the effort was scheduled to resume again about 10 a.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Francisco Rodriguez was gunned down Jan. 11 in Winnetka as he stepped into his front yard after a girl knocked at his door.

Two suspects have been arrested: Elizabeth Ibarra, 19, who police believe lured the victim outside, and Jason Schumann, 24, who allegedly fired the shots from a waiting vehicle.

Schumann was charged with murder and is being held on $2-million bail. Ibarra has not been charged but remains in jail on a probation violation. She had recently served a jail sentence for forgery.

The killing shocked students at the high school and members of the tight-knit soccer team, which played a game hours before the slaying.

Police said a romantic conflict may have sparked the shooting.


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Photo: Police and volunteers sift through rubbish looking for the gun used in the slaying of Francisco Rodriguez.

Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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