LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Francisco Rodriguez is dead at age 17. Francisco Rodriguez’s death is being confirmed as a targeted, non-random, murder. Francisco was a senior at El Camino Real High and a member of the school’s varsity boys soccer team. The murder happened late Wednesday night following a game against Taft High School.
Last night, Francisco Rodriguez was playing in the El Camino vs. Taft High School soccer game. The game ended in a scoreless tie after Francisco had four stellar saves. After the game, Rodriguez headed home. Shortly after, he was murdered.
Francisco returned home to his house on the 6900 block of Cozycroft Avenue, near Hart Street in Winnetka. He was inside the home with his mother. But at 6:30, a girl came to the family’s front door and knocked. She briefly spoke to the mother and asked for Francisco to come outside.
Moments later, Rodriguez stepped outside the door wearing socks but no shoes. The female shooter shot him immediately and quickly fled in a waiting vehicle. Francisco, still alert, fell to the ground.
Rodriguez was found by neighbor Jesse Meza fatally wounded in his front yard. Jesse spoke to the teen he affectionately knew Panchito as emergency response personnel responded to the house. Rodriguez was transported to Northridge Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
At the hospital, Rodriguez’s family was joined by El Camino soccer coach David Hussey along with roughly sixty current and former El Camino players. Rodriguez’s father was in Mexico last night. He is en route back to Los Angeles today.
Memorial services are expected this week. Funeral services have not been announced.
No suspect description has been released. The shooter is believed to be a 16 or 17-year-old girl. Police believe the shooter might have been assisted by a second person, the getaway driver.