A sheriff's deputy talks on the phone as he walks out of a trash enclosure at the Bridgeport Coast apartments in Valencia on March 13, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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The young man who died from a fall at a Valencia apartment complex Monday has been identified as 20-year-old Lucas Rodriguez, of Valencia.

Lt. David Smith with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department released the young man’s identity Wednesday morning, noting that a cause and manner of death in the case have yet to be determined.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the hospital Monday night after he was found unresponsive and bleeding from the mouth that afternoon, about 2:45 p.m., on a sidewalk inside the Bridgeport Coast Apartments complex, at the southwest corner of Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway.

Sgt. Tim O’Quinn, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau, told The Signal late Tuesday afternoon that the victim fell from a roof at the apartment complex and that he believed the death was “self-initiated.”

“I don’t know if he fell off the roof or jumped off the roof,” he said. “It’s actually whatever the coroner rules.

“Nobody else was up there,” O’Quinn said, referring to the roof.  “In my opinion it was self-initiated.  Reasons as to why are still unclear.”

The coroner is expected to determine the precise cause and manner of death.

“There were lots of witnesses at the complex who saw him alone, walking around and actually climbing up onto the roof from the opposing side of the building,” O’Quinn said Tuesday.

On Tuesday, O’Quinn was still trying to determine if the young man intended to take his own life or if he fell, for whatever reason.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of a man found bleeding on the sidewalk at the Bridgeport Coast Apartments.

Paramedics were dispatched at 2:53 p.m. to the 24100 block of Newhall Ranch Road based on reports of a “man down” and bleeding.

“This call came in as a man down with blood coming from his mouth,” Inspector Joey Marron of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told The Signal Tuesday morning.

“The patient was taken to Henry Mayo (Newhall) Hospital,” Marron said.

Homicide detectives took over the case when the young man died later in hospital.




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  • Ronald Williams

    Change the title of the story to “Person who committed suicide identified.”

    • Abraham Diaz

      you dont know what he was going through! god i f—ing hate republicans.

      • Ronald Williams

        You’re right, we don’t. All I am saying is just call it what it is…a suicide. How does that make one a republican or democrat?

        • charles maurice detallyrand

          Probably because it’s mainly republicans who are dumb enough to conflate political correctness with reasonable and responsible reporting. If the police aren’t yet sure if the man fell accidentally or if he intentionally killed himself then why would a newspaper confirm it as suicide without any additional sources or information on the matter? Do you not understand how important such an issue might be to a surviving family member or friend that it might be very important to want to get that fact absolutely correct before reporting it? Or do you just prefer inflicting perhaps great unnecessary and undue pain on others because you’re so convinced that this is political correctness run amok?

          • Ron Bischof


            The post wasn’t political or partisan until you and Mr. Diaz made it so.

            Additionally, making broad unsupported assertions about the intellectual abilities of those you differ with politically speaks more about your biases than anything else.

          • charles maurice detallyrand

            This wasn’t the first article written nor the first comment complaining for some need to call it suicide. Look for yourself. Perhaps this may not seem as political for you as a cheetos art installation by a college student but I find the lack of empathy for any potentially bereaved as especially disgusting considering it seems to stem from some perceived offense related to political correctness. I’d also give your objection some more weight if I’d ever seen you call out many of the conservative posters on this site who consistently insult and bully those with differing views but I’ve never seen it.

          • Ron Bischof

            The “perceptions” about political correctness seems to be a sensitivity among “Progressives” now. I’d extend that to assertions of “bullying”, which you conflate with dismissal by other forum participants.

            Do you find opposition to your sophistry uncongenial?

            By the way, the “cheetos” artist made an assertion that I debunked with a NYT article on “food deserts”. If that was political, it’s because the artist made it so.

        • Ron Bischof

          Since it hasn’t been determined a suicide, why should the headline be reported differently?

          The reporter is being prudent and sensitive to any who knew the victim.