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Two arrested in murder of 17-year-old at post-prom party in La Quinta

Update 5/21 2:00 p.m.

School officials confirmed the identity of La Quinta High School senior Jaden Ramos, 17, who was killed in the shooting.

Ramos was set to graduate Thursday night from La Quinta High School.

The two suspects in the shooting, both 18-year-old men, are scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges on Wednesday.

Per our station's policy, we do not name arrested suspects until they are formally charged.

Update: 5/20 10:30 a.m.

Two 18-year-old suspects have been arrested in connection with a homicide investigation in La Quinta that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old male, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Both male suspects have been booked into John Benoit Detention Center for murder and are each being held on a $1 million bail.

Meanwhile, the principal of La Quinta High School sent out a letter to parents Monday morning citing social media chatter which states that the victim "appears to be a LQHS senior" who was shot at an after-prom house party.

The letter identified the student killed as Jaden Ramos. According to the school's principal, the Desert Sands Unified School District Crisis Team is in place and available to any student, staff member, or family member who needs their support.

The tragedy comes a few days before LQHS is set to hold its graduation on Thursday.


On Sunday, May 19 at 2:36 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 79000 block of Paseo Del Rey, La Quinta, for reports of a shooting in the area. Upon arrival, deputies searched the area in an attempt to locate any victims, suspects, or evidence of a shooting.

While searching the area, deputies were notified of a subject who arrived at a local hospital with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. The subject was later pronounced deceased.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional details are available.

If you have any information regarding this incident you are urged to call Valley Crime Stoppers at 760 341-STOP.

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