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Girl, 10, who died after fight remembered as 'full of life'

March 5, 2012 |  8:27 am

 The 10-year-old girl who died in Long Beach after a fight over a boy was laid to rest Sunday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Hundreds of mourners gathered to remember Joanna Ramos, a girl described by friends as "full of life."

Authorities say Joanna died Feb. 24 of blunt-force trauma to the head after a preplanned fight with an 11-year-old classmate in an alley near Willard Elementary School.

Joanna fell ill after the fight, which lasted about a minute, and died hours later. Her death was ruled a homicide, and detectives are investigating whether classmates goaded the girls through social media or in person. No arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation.

Long Beach police called the case highly unusual and delicate, given the ages of the victim and the possible suspect. Officials said they were not even sure whether criminal charges were warranted.

Investigators will present their findings to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, which will determine if any charges will be filed.

An account for donations has been set up at the Bank of America in Long Beach under Cecilia Villanueva's name.


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-- KTLA News