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Saray Rivas, 15

Saray Rivas, a 15-year-old Latina, died Monday, Feb. 21, after being shot in the 1300 block of 3rd Avenue in Arlington Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Saray was shot in the head, coroner's records show.

The Times has contacted investigators to obtain additional details about the case and will post an update as soon as information becomes available.

[Update March 21: Although Rivas' body was discovered on Feb. 21, authorities believe she had been dead for at least a day, possibly two.]

Anyone with information about the teenager's death is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD-24-7. Tipsters who'd like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

-- Sarah Ardalani

Excerpt from dispatch about Saray's killing:

Fifteen-year-old Saray Rivas was shot and killed in a part of Los Angeles where residents are afraid to talk, where silence eats up questions about immigration status, gang violence and even murder.

Saray lay in a pool of her own blood for more than 12 hours after being shot in an Arlington Heights apartment because nobody wanted the police around asking questions, witnesses said.

When police did come, they were met with silence.

Keep reading: Silence, fear after 15-year old girl is shot to death

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