It began with an incident that seemed relatively harmless, even timeless: Two little girls. An argument over a boy. An arrangement to meet after school. A pause, while a few friends gathered around and the girls put their hair up in buns. Then the fight. It lasted just a minute — two flurries of punches, a busted lip and separate paths home.
But six hours after Friday’s fight in Long Beach, 10-year-old Joanna Ramos was dead. Officials launched an investigation over the weekend and on Monday they delivered a pronouncement that stunned an already shaken community. Joanna, coroner’s officials determined, had died of blunt-force trauma to the head — and her death was ruled a homicide.
The human body is funny. People can be flung from a tumbling car wreck or burned across huge parts of their bodies and survive, and somebody can take a single hit to the wrong place and be graveyard dead.
Just shows that even in a world where guns never existed, brutality and death would still find us. Makes the metric of “Gun Death” look awful silly, if you ask me.