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Teen daughter killed in Garfield Heights domestic shooting identified

September 6, 2018

Teen daughter killed in Garfield Heights domestic shooting identified

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Garfield Heights police released the identity of the 19-year-old woman shot and killed Wednesday night during a domestic incident that led to an hours-long standoff with law enforcement.

Giselle Lopez was shot by her mother’s 29-year-old boyfriend just before 10 p.m. at their home on the 4800 block of East 86th Street, police said. 

Paramedics took her MetroHealth where she died while undergoing surgery, according to police. 

Lopez graduated Garfield Heights High School in 2017 with a 4.130 GPA, making her fifth in her graduating class. She had perfect attendance her freshman year of high school, according to a school newsletter. She planned to become a nurse. 

Lopez not only attended school consistently, but she did so with attentiveness, dedication and kindness, according to a Facebook post from Garfield Heights City Schools that recognized her as the high school’s Spanish student of the month in March 2014.

“Giselle is extremely kind, responsible and dedicated to her studies,” the post from her freshman year says. “She is always in class on time, prepared, productive and polite.” 

In the post, Lopez said her favorite food is spaghetti and her favorite show is The Walking Dead. 

Giselle and her younger brother, Manuel Lopez, Jr., often made the school’s honor roll and merit roll together. Her 17-year-old brother was also shot and killed Wednesday, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Their mother was treated at MetroHealth for minor injuries after police say a dispute with her boyfriend turned violent. The man surrendered to police at about 1:40 a.m. and was arrested on charges that include aggravated murder, police said.

The 29-year-old shooter’s name has not been provided by police. 

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