Mother grieves over teen daughter dying in her arms after LAPD fired at suspect

Through a translator, Soledad Peralta, the mother of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer as he fired at a suspect in a store last week, said that losing her daughter in her arms is one of the “most profound pains any human being can imagine.”

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- At only 14 years old, Valentina was our young daughter. She was full of joy and she had big dreams for her future. She had a lot of life to live. We were together at Burlington in North Hollywood. We were trying out clothes for Christmas. We heard some screams. We sat down and hugged and started praying.

When something impacted my daughter Valentina, it threw us on the floor and she died in my arms. And there was nothing I could do. To see a son or daughter die in your arms is one of the pains, the greatest pains and most profound pains than any human being can imagine. Valentina meant the world to us, to her family, to her friends, and to her schoolmates. And now our sweet angel has left forever.

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