The parents of a 14-year-old girl killed in the line of fire after an Los Angeles police officer shot at a suspect broke down during a news conference on Tuesday as they recounted the incident and grieved their daughter.
Body-camera video released on Monday showed the chaotic, violent moments leading to the fatal Los Angeles police shooting of an assault suspect in a clothing store, and of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta caught in the line of fire while hiding inside a dressing room.
Valentina’s mother, Soledad Peralta, told reporters that she was in the dressing room with Valentina when she was hit by the bullet. Peralta said there was nothing she could do as her daughter died in her arms.
Her father, Juan Pablo Orellana, said he has not been able to sleep since hearing the news. He showed reporters an unopened skateboard that Valentina had ordered for herself and which had been delivered the day after her death. Orellana said the skateboard would be buried with his daughter so she could “skate among the angels.”
Valentina was born and raised in Santiago, Chile, and came to the United States six months ago with her mother to visit an older sister, the Los Angeles Times reported.
LAPD officers dispatched to the store were responding to several radio calls of an assault and possible shooting in progress, police said.
The officer who fired the shots has been placed on administrative while an investigation is underway, an LAPD spokesman said. No firearm was recovered from the suspect, police said.
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