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Teen Stabbed Outside Middle School Allegedly Attacked By Gang Member [UPDATE]

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Friends say the teenager stabbed to death outside a middle school Friday afternoon was attacked by a gang member.

Around 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, a 14-year old was stabbed just outside of the campus of David Wark Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles. Friends identified him as 14-year old Steven Cruz, who was a student at nearby Garfield High School, and say he was visiting friends as he was on his way home. They also said that the attacker who stabbed him was another teenager who was a gang member, and asked Cruz where he was from before stabbing him. "He wasn't really like a problem-starter. I don't know why it had to happen... he was a nice guy," his best friend told KCAL 9.

"He was really shy and quiet. If you were to say hi... he wouldn't answer you," said his girlfriend.

Early reports say that Cruz was stabbed with scissors, though LAUSD officials are now only describing the weapon as a "sharp object."

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Police have yet to release a description of the suspect, but are expected to in the coming days.

Update [2:22]: The sheriff's department announced they have arrested a 13-year old in connection with the murder of Steven Cruz, reports KTLA.