The pregnant 16-year-old girl shot and killed by Fremont police detectives was remembered as witty and fun loving by her family.
She was identified as Elena Mondragon. Police shot the girl, known as Ebbie, while she rode as a passenger in a vehicle they were trying to stop.
Police say the detectives who fired were trying to stop a stolen vehicle they thought was tied to armed robberies.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Mondragon Was in a Car With an Armed Robbery Suspect When Police Say It Rammed Into Officers
According to the East Bay Times, Mondragon, of Antioch, California, was in a car that Fremont detectives attempted to pull over at about 5:20 p.m. on March 14 in Hayward.
“Police, who were seeking armed robbery suspects, say detectives fired when the vehicle they were looking for went into reverse and rammed” their car, reported the newspaper. Mondragon was a passenger in that car.
The vehicle was stolen, according to The Los Angeles Times. The Times reported that two detectives were injured.
In a press release, police said, “At approximately 5:20 p.m., while in Hayward, Fremont Police detectives located a vehicle that was wanted in connection with multiple armed robberies in Fremont and throughout the Bay Area. The detectives attempted to stop the vehicle, which was reported as stolen, in an apartment complex located at 25200 Carlos Bee Blvd. As they contacted the occupants, the driver of the suspect vehicle suddenly rammed the detective’s police vehicles injuring two Fremont detectives.”
2. Mondragon Had Called Her Parents Because She Wanted to Come Home
Mondragon’s mother said her daughter had called her parents before the shooting.
“She didn’t think she would be gone that long. She called and wanted to come home,” Michelle Mondragon told the East Bay Times. “She knew they wouldn’t take her all the way back here, so her dad went to pick her up.”
Police have not yet released Elena’s name, but her family gave it to the news media.
“The female suffering from the gunshot wounds was treated by the Hayward Fire Department at the scene and transported to a near-by trauma center where she succumbed to her injuries,” police said.
3. Mondragon Was in Her First Trimester of Pregnancy
Police confirmed that Mondragon was pregnant and said she was in her first trimester, The Los Angeles Times reported.
During the incident, police said in the statement, “Fremont detectives were forced to fire their duty weapons at the suspect driving the vehicle and one of the female occupants was struck by gunfire. The vehicle continued to flee out of the complex and eventually crashed near the intersection of Campus Drive and Oaks Drive.”
4. Mondragon’s Family Recalled Her as ‘Witty’ & ‘Fun Loving’
Family members created a GoFundMe site for Mondragon’s family.
“A young loved little daughter, sister, cousin, granddaughter, niece & friend to all was taken from us far too soon at the tender age of 16 years old,” it reads. “A witty fun loving girl was coldly shot by the Fremont Police Department & killed as a passenger in a car stopped my (sic) the police. Her family is feeling a pain that seems in this moment that will never go away.”
Mondragon’s nickname was “Ebbie.”
“Elena Mondragon aka Ebbie is forever in our hearts & mind. She is our Ebbie & always will be. To evaluate the burden & stress from her family we are asking for prayers & any donations to help with services. Her single mother does not have means or frame of mind to handle these details. We as a family are asking for support & love at this crucial time. God bless & Thank You.”
5. Three Other People Were in the Car & One Was at Large
After the shooting, the car crashed, and a male suspect fled the scene and remained at large, according to Kron4.
Two other people were arrested. Police have not identified any of them.
“At least one male suspect fled the vehicle on foot and is outstanding at this time. He is described as a Black male adult, heavy build, 5’10” and short hair,” the police statement said. “A second female and another male occupant of the vehicle were taken into custody near the scene without incident.”
Both injured Fremont PD detectives were treated and released from a local hospital, police added.