Girl who died after fight at school complained of headache
An 11-year-old girl who died after a fight with a classmate in Long Beach complained that her head hurt after the altercation Friday, a friend said.
Long Beach police on Sunday were trying to determine exactly what happened and said no arrests have been made.
“There are still many questions, many questions that cannot be answered,” said Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna.
Luna said the cause of Joanna Ramos' death remains “undetermined” but offered more details on the fight between the two children, which took place Friday after classes ended at Willard Elementary.
The family of the dead girl said the two girls had been quarreling over a boy.
Police said seven people witnessed the fight. Neither their names nor the name of the other girl involved in the fight was released Saturday.
Joanna's aunt, Celina Cervantes, told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that her niece had complained of a headache after the fight and that her mother took her to the hospital. Joanna had no visible wounds. She underwent surgery and was placed in intensive care.
"My sister-in-law rushed her to the ER, and two hours later she's gone," Cervantes told KTLA. "It's just sad. Very sad."
Officers were informed about 5:50 p.m. Friday that Joanna was not breathing. Although hospital personnel tried to revive her, she was pronounced dead shortly before 9 p.m., authorities said.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office will determine the cause of the girl’s death. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call (562) 570-7244.
-- David Zahniser and Shelby Grad
Photo: Joanna Ramos. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5