An 18-year-old woman who was shot and killed by a Long Beach Unified School District security guard in September was removed from the resuscitation system on Tuesday, according to a family lawyer.
Mona Rodriguez, the mother of a 5-month-old boy, has donated organs that lawyer Luis Carrillo says will go to five people. Rodriguez donated his heart, lungs, liver and both kidneys, Carrillo said.
Rodriguez had been on life support at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center since the September 27 shooting in a parking lot near the Millikan High School campus. She was in the passenger seat of a car when she was shot by the school security guard, who had stopped to investigate a dispute in which Rodriguez was involved.
Doctors and nurses at the hospital celebrated Rodriguez as a hero in the hallways as she was taken to the operating room as her favorite song, “Letter to My Son,” by Skeezy, played, said. Carrillo in a statement.
Rodriguez stopped breathing at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday, according to Carrillo.
Brother Oscar Rodriguez said his sister is going to “give birth to about eight people, I believe, another chance, another family is going to have another chance to fight, a chance we haven’t had.”
Earlier Tuesday, family members called for charges against the school security guard.
The Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office investigated the shooting. The school security guard who fired the shots, Eddie Gonzalez, was fired on Wednesday, according to the district.
The Long Beach Unified School District said the officer’s conduct violated district policy and that his dismissal was the “right thing to do.” The neighborhood also sent its condolences to Mona Rodriguez’s family.
The district went on to say that the use of force policy dictates that an officer will not shoot at a fleeing person, or in a vehicle, and that the use of a weapon should be a last line of defense.
The brothers of 18-year-old Mona Rodriguez, who was shot in the head by a security official from the Long Beach Unified School District, joined lawyers for the family in asking the Los Angeles County Senior District Attorney to file a complaint against the police officer.
Long Beach Police said they attended the scene in response to a reported shooting, and officers found Rodriguez inside a car with at least one gunshot wound.
Relatives said she was shot in the head.
Police said the school security guard was driving around Millikan High School when he saw Rodriguez involved in an altercation with a 15-year-old girl on the street. Investigators determined that a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were also involved in the conflict.
When Rodriguez, the man and the boy attempted to leave the scene in a car, the school security officer approached the car and shot into the vehicle as the driver drove away, knocking Rodriguez inside, police said.
Video of the shooting posted online appears to show the officer, whose name was withheld by police, firing at least two shots through a passenger side window in the car.