LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) -- After a chance encounter at a housing project near downtown, Los Angeles police officers helped plan a teenage girl's remarkable coming-of-age celebration that was held Saturday.
Gang officers with the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division were "conducting outreach" at the William Mead Homes when they met a 14-year-old girl, according to a statement on the division's Facebook page.
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"This special girl, Jazmine, told the officers a heartbreaking story," the post read. "She had a disabling disease and her mother had a terminal illness."
The teen introduced the LAPD personnel to her mother, who expressed her wish that she could give Jazmine a proper quinceañera before passing away.
The conversation prompted the officers to begin planning the traditional event, held for Latina girls on their 15th birthday.
Working with more than a dozen local business and community organizations, police coordinated and attended a festivity that included live music from a mariachi band.
A video shared on social media by the LAPD shows one of the officers serenading Jazmine, who wore a tiara and a formal pink gown on her special day.
"No matter your beliefs, we can all agree with the tenets of #kindness & #compassion," tweeted Capt. Ruby Malachi, one of several police personnel who posted photos of the event online Saturday.
Photos from the party:
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