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  • June 11, 2010

Gabriel Lopez, 15 [Updated]

Gabriel Lopez, a 15-year-old Latino, died Friday, June 11, two days after he suffered blunt-force trauma, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Gabriel was found unresponsive on the street in the 3300 block of Maxson Place in El Monte about 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, according to Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. The victim had suffered blunt-force trauma to the head.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he died at 11:23 a.m. Friday, June 11, according to coroner's records.

Winter said Gabriel was possibly involved in an altercation. Gabriel's autopsy is pending.

[Updated June 15: Det. Martin Rodriguez, who is handling the investigation for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau, said Gabriel got into a fistfight with a 17-year-old Latino. No other parties were involved, Rodriguez said.

There were some gang overtones in the dispute, Rodriguez said, and it’s believed both were willing participants. Who started the fight is still unknown, Rodriguez said, but investigators determined that the teenagers did not know each other.

During the fight, Gabriel suffered injuries that caused him to fall into a coma. He died two days after the fight, although Rodriguez said it was not clear what exactly caused him to lose consciousness.

There were several witnesses to the fight. The other boy has not been arrested and the district attorney's office has not pressed charges, Rodriguez said.

As of June 15, the autopsy was still pending, according to an official from the coroner's office.]

[Updated Dec. 21: Coroner's officials said Gabriel's cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head and his death was deemed a homicide. The Times has contacted investigators to see if charges were ultimately filed against the other boy involved in the fight.]

-- Sarah Ardalani

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