Filiberto Valenzuela Rodiles, 56
Filiberto Valenzuela Rodiles, a 56-year-old Latino, died nearly a year after sustaining blunt force trauma in the 6000 block of Purdy Avenue in Bell Gardens, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
On Oct. 25, 2014, Bell Gardens police were called three times to a house party. The resident throwing the party believed Rodiles, who lived a few houses away, was calling the police and went to confront him. The two got into a short argument but went their separate ways.
After the police left the third time, Rodiles went to the house and began to agitate party guests. One guest asked Rodiles, who was on crutches because of an amputated leg, to leave. Rodiles instead hit the man with his crutches.
The party guest took one of the crutches walked away. Then the party's host approached, and Rodiles hit him in the face with his other crutch. According to the Los Angeles County coroner's report, the man retaliated, punching Rodiles in the face and causing him to fall and hit his head.
Several party guests picked up Rodiles, who was unresponsive, and placed him on the front lawn, where paramedics found him. Rodiles was taken to a hospital ,where he was treated for respiratory failure, brain hematoma, and other complications.
Over the next year, Rodiles was treated in several hospice facilities until he died on Oct. 8, 2015, at 10 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The party's host was arrested but was released shortly after; prosecutors determined there was not enough evidence to bring charges, according to a spokeswoman.