Girl's Death From School Fight Ruled a Homicide
Joanna Ramos of Long Beach, Calif., was struck in an after-school fight
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2012 3:35 PM CST
A photo of Joanna Ramos, 10, with a note, is left at a memorial outside Willard Elementary school in Long Beach, Calif. on Monday Feb. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – A coroner ruled today that the death of a 10-year-old Southern California girl in an afterschool alley fight is a homicide, the AP and Long Beach Press-Telegram report. Joanna Ramos of Long Beach apparently faced an 11-year-old girl in a fight without any weapons Friday, and never fell down—but later that day started vomiting and complaining of a headache. Hours later, after emergency surgery, she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Witnesses say the fight was over a boy. "They took off their backpacks, and they put their hair in a bun, and then that's when they said `go' and that's when they started hitting each other," says a friend. She and others tried to stop them, but boys who were watching held them back. Police have interviewed the girl Joanna fought but haven't made an arrest. Joanna's sister Urbina sat crying today beside a memorial of balloons and flowers. "She was so young for this to happen," she said. "She was so happy and so many people loved her."

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Feb 28, 2012 3:33 AM CST
Welcome to Kalifornia. Gotta luv dat thugg life..I guess little prima is going to get a teardrop tat now
Feb 27, 2012 11:54 PM CST
Girls fighting over boys? especially at 11. sheesh.
Feb 27, 2012 7:12 PM CST
I had a P.E. instructor back in high school, former Marine Corps drill sergeant, he had a student challenge him to a boxing match, I guess the student had a bone to pick with the instructor, some sort of grudge match thing that led to the boxing challenge. They used gloves & head protective gear, but the former drill instructor popped the dude in the face, busted his nose & some bones went back into the student's brain & he ended up dying. Wasn't intentional. He didn't get into trouble (the P.E. instructor that is), I mean they investigated it, just was an accident in a boxing match where they took precautions to prevent injury or death & the bad thing happened in spite of those precautions. People don't realize, the human brain is fragile. You take the right blow to the face or head, it pops the right bones or an artery tears, it's just a matter of time before you die.