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Mona Rodriguez, woman shot by Long Beach school safety officer, dead at 18

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Mona Rodriguez, the 18-year-old shot by an LBUSD school safety officer last week, has died. The Rodriguez family attorney announced via a statement.

What happened:

According to attorney Luis Carrillo, Rodriguez was taken off life support. She gave her heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys to five people in need.

  • The procedure took place at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday, where she had remained for the past eight days after being shot.

  • Mr. Carrillo said via a statement the doctors and nurses at Long Beach Memorial gave Rodriguez a "Hero’s Celebration" with her favorite song, Skeezy's "Letter To My Son," being played as she was accompanied to the operation room.

  • Rodriguez ceased breathing at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday after her organs were removed.


The Long Beach Police, the shooting occurred on Monday, Sept 27, just after 3:00 p.m., at a shopping center parking lot around Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue, near Millikan High School. A school safety officer was driving when he watched a fight between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl. When Rodriguez, a male adult, and a teenager attempted to flee in a 4-door gray sedan, the school safety officer approached the sedan and fired his gun in the rear passenger side window, striking Rodriguez in the head.

  • LBUSD, school safety officer Eddie F. Gonzalez was involved in the shooting and is currently on administrative leave.

  • Mr. Carrillo called for the state attorney general to take over the investigation

  • Rodriguez leaves behind a 5-month-old son

  • A GoFundMe page has accumulated over $25,000.

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