Photo: Ashley Caldera shot celebrating her 16th birthday
While celebrating her birthday over the weekend, a California girl was shot and killed.
Ashley Caldera and her friends were waiting for another friend Saturday night in a Fontana, Calif. park when two young men reportedly approached the group after getting out of a car and asked, “Where you from?”
The frightened girls reportedly ran, but Caldera fell and the men opened fire, shooting and killing her.
As Caldera lay there dying, her friend 17-year-old Jasmine Dominguez said she held her hand, trying to comfort her.
“She was squeezing my hand and she just let go,” Dominguez told KTLA. “I tried pressing her chest and she just… was dead.”
Caldera and her friends were in the park waiting for a friend. They were all going to head over to a sleepover as part of Caldera’s birthday celebration.
She had just turned 16 and was looking forward to getting her driver’s license.
Her mother, Lorraine Valdez, says she still cannot believe her is gone, calling her a good girl, who did well at Fontana A.B. Miller High School and had no ties to any gang.
A Facebook page, “R.I.P. Ashley Ann Caldera” was created in her memory and friends and family came together at the park on Sunday to remember the fallen teen.
The Fontana Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is urged to call the Fontana P.D. tip line at (909) 356-TIPS or WeTIP at (800) 78-CRIME.