LONG BEACH, CA — An 11-year-old girl died on Friday, hours after she got into an after school fight with another girl over a boy.
Joanna Ramos and another girl had gotten into an altercation the day before, but had decided to settle their grievances in a prearranged fight to take place after school Friday, in an alley near Willard Elementary.
Witnesses say the about seven people attended the meet and watched as the two girls took off their backpacks, put their hair up and then started hitting each other. A friend of Ramos said that some attempted to break up the fight, but others there would not let them.
The altercation wasn’t especially serious and lasted only a minute. Police say no weapons were used and neither girl were knocked to the ground. Ramos walk away with no bruises or scratches, but did suffer a bloody nose.
After returning to her after school program, Ramos complained that she was not feeling well. Her family picked her up and took her home where she complained about a headache and began vomiting. When she fell unconscious, her family rushed her to the hospital where she would die after undergoing emergency surgery.
Police have identified the other girl involved in the fight with Ramos and have interviewed her, but no charges have been filed at this time. Grief counselors will be at the school today.Tags: California, Crime, fight, Joanna Ramos, Juvenile, school, student