Joanna Ramos, 10, Who Died After School Fight, Has Death Ruled Homicide

The death of a 10-year-old girl who died Friday after a fight with a classmate in Long Beach has been ruled a homicide, coroners officials said this morning.

Fifth grader Joanna Ramos had no visible injuries from the altercation in an alley near Frances Willard Elementary School, but she later vomited and complained of headaches.

Witnesses told police the alley fight, which may have been over a boy, lasted about a minute. Ramos walked back to the campus for the remainder of an after-school program before her cousin picked her up.

She stopped breathing later Friday and underwent surgery before being kept in the intensive care unit in critical condition. She was pronounced dead around 9 p.m.

An autopsy was performed Sunday. The coroner said the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

No arrests have been made. School officials say they are cooperating with law enforcement and keeping in contact with the parents of both girls about any developments.

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