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Death of 5th Grade Girl in Fight Over a Boy Ruled a Homicide

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Authorities have ruled the death of Joanna Ramos, a Long Beach fifth-grader who got into a fight with a classmate, a homicide, according to ABC7. The fight took place after school on Friday, when Ramos and another 5th grade girl had reportedly arranged to meet up in an alley next door to Frances Willard Elementary School in Long Beach.

Ramos and her schoolmate, another girl, were possibly fighting over a boy, according to a student who attends the same after-school program as Ramos, reports City News Service.

The fight lasted only a minute, and no weapons were used by either girl.

After the tussle, when she was at home, Ramos reportedly complained to her family of a headache.

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"Investigators say 10-year-old Joanna Ramos died Friday night from blunt force trauma to the head," notes ABC7. (Ramos' age was initially reported as 11, but the girl was 10, says ABC7).

So far, no arrests have been made. Grief counselors are on hand today at Willard Elementary to help students cope with Ramos' death.