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Melody Ross
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  • Oct. 30, 2009

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Melody Ross, 16 [Updated]

Melody Ross, a 16-year-old Cambodian teen, was shot and killed Friday, Oct. 30, in the 4400 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach as she left Wilson High School's homecoming football game, authorities said.

 

Students mourn Melody Ross outside Wilson High

The following is an excerpt of Times staff writers Ruben Vives and Ben Bolch's story about the shooting:

The "Supergirl" Halloween costume that 16-year-old Melody Ross wore to the Wilson High School football game was befitting of her promising resume: honors student, pole vaulter and athlete, positive attitude, aspirations to attend UCLA.

Those were the attributes that Ross' friends and family recalled Saturday as they gathered near the stadium gates at the Long Beach campus. They placed flowers and votive candles at the spot where she was fatally shot Friday night as she and her friends were leaving the Wilson homecoming game against Polytechnic High School.

The daughter of Cambodian immigrants, Ross died at St. Mary's Hospital at 10:30 p.m., half an hour after she was shot, said her uncle, Sam Che.

Two men, ages 18 and 20, were wounded in the gunfire and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. They are not believed to be students at either school, and their identities were not released.

No arrests have been made, police said.

[Update September 12, 2011: Teen found guilty of murder in Melody Ross slaying]

[Update Dec. 19, 2011: Gang member gets 155 yearsin slaying of honors student Melody Ross]

Photo: Friends and classmates gather at a makeshift memorial near the football stadium where Melody Ross was shot. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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