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El Camino High Soccer Player Shot to Death at Winnetka Home

A high school soccer player was tragically shot to death in front of his Winnetka home on Wednesday night, reports KTLA News.

Seventeen-year-old Francisco Rodriquez, a senior at El Camino High School, was returning from a soccer game when the suspect was approached by a teenage girl at his home, according to witnesses. The girl then reportedly lured Rodriguez to his front yard where she shot him several times. Rodriguez later died at the hospital.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a 16- or 17-year-old girl, but police have not released additional details about the alleged shooter. The motive for the shooting was also kept under wraps.

"It doesn't make sense," a classmate of Rodriguez's told KTLA. "No one really disliked Pancho (Rodriguez's nickname). It was impossible."

The area Rodriguez was living in has reportedly been a hotbed for homicides. Approximately 52 homicides have occurred within four miles of his Winnetka home since January 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times.

If caught, the teenage girl faces serious criminal charges, potentially including first-degree murder. In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after the killer planned or "lay in wait" for the victim.

Based on the testimony from witnesses, it seems the teenage girl was waiting for Rodriguez to return home, to shoot home. However, the potential charges may change as authorities release more information about Francisco Rodriguez's tragic death.

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