Samantha Bustos Vital, a 15-year-old Latina, was pronounced dead on Monday, March 25, after her body was found in the 500 block of West Victoria Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records.
Samantha, a student at New Designs Charter School in Willowbrook, went out with friends on Friday, March 22, and never returned home, according to family members.
Her mother, Blanca Bautista de Cuevas, told NBCLA and CBS2 television that Samantha said she was sleeping over at her best friend's house, and the friend told her family she was staying at Samantha's house. Instead, the girls apparently went to a party, unusual behavior for her daughter, she said.
"She was really good," Bautista de Cuevas told reporters. "She didn't even go out to parties, until that day."
Bautista de Cuevas also said her daughter's friend told her she last saw ...
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