Search of Calabasas landfill fails to find gun used in teen’s slaying
After two days of searching a landfill, Los Angeles police and community volunteers have abandoned efforts to find the gun used in the slaying of a well-liked 17-year-old El Camino Real High School soccer player, officials said.
Francisco Rodriguez was gunned down in Winnetka as he stepped into his frontyard 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 vehicle.
Schumann has been 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.
Officers and volunteers scoured the Calabasas Landfill, examining hundreds of tons of garbage but did not find the handgun that investigators believe Schumann tossed in the trash after the Jan.11. shooting.
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.
Sources say Ibarra had met Rodriguez at a party and came to know him while Schumann was serving a jail sentence last summer.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Police and volunteers sift through rubbish Wednesday looking for the gun used in the slaying of Francisco Rodriguez.
Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times