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School security officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of 18-year-old mother

A former school security officer has been charged with murder in the 18-year-old woman shot dead near a Southern California high school last month, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Eddie Gonzalez, 51, was due to be brought to justice on Friday on one count of murder, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. Gonzalez could not be reached for comment and it was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez, who was declared brain dead after the September 27 shooting, died on October 5 after being removed from the intensive care system.

School security officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of 18-year-old mother
Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez


Rodriguez has donated organs to five people, according to his family’s lawyer, Luis Carillo. She “donated a heart, liver, lungs and two kidneys to save the lives of 5 people,” Carillo said, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Rodriguez, the mother of a 5-month-old son, was shot in the back of the neck in a parking lot near Millikan High School in Long Beach. She was sitting in the passenger seat of a car driving away after Rodriguez got into a fight with a 15-year-old girl, police said. Rodriguez was not a student at school, CBS Los Angeles reported.

A video posted online appeared to show the security guard firing at least two shots as the car pulled away beside him. At least one bullet pierced a window in the car.

Gonzalez was fired by the Long Beach Unified School District.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family cover Rodriguez’s funeral costs and care for his son.


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