Rigoberto Ruelas, a fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary in South Gate, was hailed as a caring teacher who tutored students on weekends and after school and encouraged them to go to college.
As a teacher in an impoverished, gang-ridden area of South Los Angeles, Rigoberto Ruelas always reached out to the toughest kids. He would tutor them on weekends and after school, visit their homes, encourage them to aim high and go to college.
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