Parents of girl, 14, shot dead by cops in store dressing room speak out


The parents of the 14-year-old girl who was killed last week by a Los Angeles police officer’s stray bullet while shopping for a quinceañera dress stood outside the LAPD headquarters on Tuesday and called for justice. 

Valentina Orellana-Peralta, the daughter of Chilean immigrants, was shot dead while hiding in a dressing room at the North Hollywood Burlington Coat Factory with her mother while police hunted for a man suspected of assaulting two other women. 

An officer was aiming rifle rounds at the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Daniel Elena-Lopez, when one of them struck Valentina. Elena-Lopez was also killed. 

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump joined the heartbroken parents and read a translated statement written by Valentina’s mother, who revealed that she and her daughter were hugging each other and praying inside the dressing room when the bullet struck the 14-year-old in…

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