The family of a girl killed by a stray police bullet wants justice

Valentina Orellana-Peralta, 14, was fatally shot by an LAPD officer in a clothing store on December 23.

And now her family wants justice.

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Having moved to Los Angeles just 6 months ago from Chile, Valentina and her mother, Soledad Peralta, were at the Burlington Coat Factory in North Hollywood when her life was taken.

And that was the result of a shooting by an LAPD officer who fired 3 shots at suspect Daniel Elena-Lopez, who attacked the women with a bicycle lock.

The tragic incident also attracted media attention.

People were horrified that the LAPD officer behind the camera did not take precautions to disarm the suspect, but instead immediately shot him.

“The horrific murders of Daniel, Elena Lopez and Valentina Orellana Peralta by the LAPD were completely preventable. Los Angeles police recklessly opened fire without warning or attempting to de-escalate, ”wrote one person.

While others turned their attention to the Kyle Rittenhouse incident where he shot three people with an AR-15 rifle, killing two of them, and was told to go home, comparing Daniel to Elena Lopez, who attacked people with a bicycle lock. before he was shot to death by Rittenhouse, who was being fired by a minor with a rifle.

Valentina’s mom spoke at a press conference in front of the LAPD headquarters.

“She died in my arms. “I couldn’t do anything. Seeing a son or daughter die in your arms is one of the greatest and most painful things you can imagine, ”she said. CNN

“Valentina meant the world to me, her family and friends. Now our sweet angel is gone forever. Valentine gives us the strength to find justice. My daughter, I love you. “

Juan Pablo Orellana Larenas, her father said that a young girl told him that the USA is a safe place.

In fact she said what it was: “The safest country in the world.”

There have been many police shootings in the United States this year, including the shooting of Downt Wright and Kim Potter, who mistook her pistol for a stun gun.

And now, the officer who had already been sent on vacation opened fire on the suspect in the clothing store, killing him and Valentina, who was trying on a dress in the locker rooms.

Benjamin Crump, the family’s lawyer, also spoke out.

Say, “This 14-year-old little girl should never end up as collateral damage in the mall,” according to CNN

The suspect entered the mall on his bicycle, climbed the escalator and then hit customers with his bicycle lock. The police provided video footage of a woman on the floor, next to which a trail of blood is visible, and an officer behind a body camera, who fired 3 times as soon as he saw the suspect.

In a statement released Tuesday, Los Angeles police said their prayers to the family.

“It is impossible to convey in words our deep sorrow over the loss of Valentina Orellana-Peralta.

“We pray for Valentina’s family as they cope with this unbearable tragedy, and we also pray for the officer involved in this incident, as he is devastated by what happened,” the message said. read

The incident is still under investigation.

And many people also question the decision to open fire.

“This is one of the saddest cases I’ve ever imagined,” Crump said in an interview. CNN

“I had to take the case when they called me because I am a parent.

“And if you have a heart, you say, ‘We want to help, we have to help,” he said.

A GoFundMe The page was created for Valentina and has raised $ 42,270 at the time of writing.

And now her family wants justice.

Soledad Peralta, after seeing her daughter lose her life in the dressing room of a clothing store, wants justice.

When Valentina was shot, her mother screamed for help, but the police did not come to help until her daughter passed away.

“When the police finally arrived, they took me out of the locker room and left my daughter there. I wanted them to help her, but they just left her there alone, ”said the mother. Buzzfeed

Before Valentina was shot, she rushed to lock the locker room doors to protect both of them.

Her aunt Carolina Peralta spoke emotionally about her deceased niece in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“Valentina was a shy girl in Chile, but she did well in the US,” says Carolina. said

And her mother did not understand how it happened.

“Soledad does not understand how this tragedy could have happened exactly when they managed to reunite the family,” says Carolina. explained in an interview.

And while the LAPD Defense League said the officer involved in the deadly shooting was distraught, the family wants justice for their little girl.

“We want justice for our angel. Our precious angel Valentine, ”her mother. said

We cannot imagine how the Peralta family is feeling right now, but we hope you find a way to heal and we send out all our prayers.

Rest in peace Valentine.

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