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Student dies in pool accident

Ben Godar

Students at Burbank High School on Tuesday continued to mourn the

death of a popular 15-year-old freshman who was electrocuted while

swimming in a pool over the weekend.

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Rosa Aguillon was shocked by a malfunctioning swimming pool light

at a home in Panorama City about 6:50 p.m. Sunday, according to LAPD

Detective Al Aldaz.

Teachers at the high school were notified of Aguillon’s death

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Monday morning, Principal Leslie DeRoos said, adding that many

students were upset by the news.

“The counseling staff and our school psychologist saw more than

100 kids yesterday,” she said Tuesday.

Students erected a memorial to Aguillon along a chain-link fence

in the school’s courtyard. Dozens wrote messages on long rolls of

paper attached to the fence, and several bouquets of flowers were

laid on nearby steps.

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Students put up several items related to SpongeBob SquarePants,

and others wrote they were praying for Aguillon and wished they had

known her better.

“You’ll always be in our hearts,” wrote one student. “I’ll never

forget your big smile. I love you.”

In her memory, school officials played one of Aguillon’s favorite

songs, “Every Step I Take,” by P. Diddy, over the loudspeaker

Tuesday, DeRoos said.

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Aguillon’s death stunned many students at the school, junior Norta

Butros said.

“Everybody feels sad, even if they didn’t know her,” she said.

“She was so young. She didn’t even finish half her life.”

Bret Harte Elementary School Principal Diane Berger remembered

Aguillon as outgoing.

“She was a very happy, bubbly girl, full of hopes and dreams for

the future,” Berger said.

Audrey Brooks, who supervises the child-care program at Bret

Harte, had known Aguillon since she was 4, and also knew her two

younger sisters.

“I didn’t know about it until Monday morning,” Brooks said. “It

was just a real shock. It’s just really tough.”

People at the home where Aguillon was swimming Sunday performed

CPR, but she was unresponsive when paramedics arrived, Aldaz said.

She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police have ruled the death accidental, but crews from the Los

Angeles Department of Building and Safety will inspect the pool to

try to determine the source of the malfunction.

“This is just a tragic death,” Aldaz added.


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