Boy, 13, arrested in stabbing death of teenager outside Los Angeles school

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13-Year-Old Arrested In Stabbing Death Of Boy, 14, Outside East LA Middle School.

The suspect, who police say may be a gang member, was arrested at his Los Angeles home and booked for suspicion of murder at the sheriff’s East Los Angeles station. A 13-year-old boy was arrested on Saturday for allegedly fatally stabbing a 14-year-old boy with scissors outside of a Los Angeles middle school on Friday.

The names of the victim and alleged murderer have not been released, but KTTV reported that family members have told reporters that the victim was Steven Cruz, a student at Garfield High School. Griffith Middle School campus about 3 p.m. local time when he was stabbed in the chest by another youth, the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office said in a statement. The teen had been sitting in a semi-open corridor of the middle school when the suspect, another male juvenile, approached him and stabbed him with an unknown object. “The investigators are just doing interviews now, but we don’t have any indication that there was a fight prior to the stabbing,” Francisco said. “It appears to be an isolated incident.” Shortly after 7 p.m., Monterey Park resident Edith Torres was still waiting outside the school to pick up her daughter. The suspect allegedly asked Cruz where he was from, a common tactic by gang members to determine gang affiliation, then stabbed him in the torso, according to KTTV. Homicide detectives say a 13-year-old Hispanic juvenile was taken into custody at his L.A. residence in connection to the stabbing at approximately 1:30 a.m.

The stabbing occurred as students were being let out but around 100 students who remained on the campus for after-school programs were on lock-down for hours as officers searched for the suspect. The school was locked down after the stabbing. ”We just heard that some guy stabbed some kid,” said seventh-grader Josias Sajqui. “I’m OK right now. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477), by texting “TIPLA” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637) or by using the Crime Stoppers website.

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