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Florida Student Killed in Shooting

April 13, 2002

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) _ A student was fatally shot Friday in the parking lot of a technical school near Fort Lauderdale. Police were seaching for a man accused earlier of stalking her.

Annette Arteaga, a 22-year-old business student at Atlantic Technical Center, died at a hospital, police said.

Arteaga had been the victim of a stalker and had special parking privileges, said Kirk Englehardt, spokesman for the Broward County Public Schools.

A guard usually walked her from the parking lot into the school, but did not meet her Friday because she was an hour late, Englehardt said.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said it had issued a first-degree murder warrant for Alejandro Rodriguez, 24. Englehardt said the suspect isn’t a student at Atlantic.

Atlantic Technical Center is a public post-secondary school with more than 4,800 students. Coconut Creek is 13 miles north of Fort Lauderdale.

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