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Balloons, candles mark site where 10-year-old died after fight

February 27, 2012 | 11:57 am


Counselors and psychologists were on hand Monday at a Long Beach elementary school where a fight between two girls left a 10-year-old dead.

Letters will be sent to parents notifying them of the incident, said Chris Eftychiou, a spokesman for Long Beach Unified School District.

Joanna Ramos, 10, died of blunt force trauma to the head Friday night following the after-school fight at Willard Elementary School, and her death is being investigated as a homicide.

PHOTOS: Long Beach girl, 10, dies after fight

Her family has said the two girls quarrelled over a boy. Family and friends said the girl vomited and complained of a headache after the fight, but had no visible wounds, according to news reports.

"It's unusual for this grade level to have this kind of severity," Eftychiou said of the fight. "This is a difficult situation for all of us to understand. There are so many questions, but we have to be patient and let the police do its job."

On Monday, balloons, flowers, teddy bears, candles and poster-sized photos of Joanna Ramos sat near the school's entrance. Pictures showed a thin, brown-haired girl with a wide smile. In one photo, she's sticking out her tongue while giving the peace sign.

Nearby, the words "Joanna RIP" were tagged on a short wall adjoining the front stairs.

Eftychiou said no disciplinary action has been taken against the other girl involved in the fight or any other student. No one has been arrested in the matter, but a coroner's official said Monday that the death had been ruled a homicide.


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