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Paige Nicole Chiarello, 20

Paige Nicole Chiarello, a 20-year-old white woman, died Thursday, Aug. 13, after she was shot in the 2500 block of Graham Avenue in Redondo Beach, according to authorities. 

The incident began about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, when Redondo Beach Police officers received a call about shots fired at a home on Graham Avenue, according to a department news release. 

The caller said the woman had been shot by another man inside the home, according to the release.

Officers surrounded the residence and a member of the department’s crisis negotiation team began negotiating with the suspected shooter on the telephone, asking him to surrender, according to the police department release. 

Chiarello’s boyfriend, Roy Pena Rodriguez Jr., a 22-year-old Latino, walked out of the house just before 2 p.m and surrendered to officers, the police release said. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. 

Paramedics went inside to help Chiarello and discovered four other people, including the couple’s 8-month-old child, who had been inside when the shooting occurred, according to the release. No one else was injured.

Chiarello was taken to the hospital with a single gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at 3:25 a.m. the following morning, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Rodriguez with one count each of murder and dissuading a witness by force, and two counts of criminal threats on Friday, according to spokesman Ricardo Santiago. 

Rodriguez is accused of shooting Chiarello during a domestic dispute at her grandfather’s home, prosecutors said, and then threatening her grandfather when he attempted to help his granddaughter and great-grandson, who was in the same room. 

The grandfather was able to call 911 and bring police to the scene, according to prosecutors. 

Rodriguez is being held in lieu of $2 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 20 in the Torrance branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Jeanette Marantos

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