Police Arrest Second Teenager In Stabbing Death Of 14-Year-Old Student
Police have arrested a second teenage boy in the stabbing death of an East L.A. high school student. The 14-year-old boy, who has not been identified, was arrested at his home Tuesday morning, KTLA reports. Police say his alleged role in the crime was giving a knife to the 13-year-old boy who was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder.
On Friday at about 3 p.m., 14-year-old Steven Cruz was stabbed outside of D.W. Griffith Middle School in East L.A. Cruz attended nearby Garfield High School, and was walking home after visiting friends. Friends of Cruz say that his attacker was a gang member who demanded to know where Cruz was from before stabbing him, then fleeing. After the attack, Cruz was transported to a nearby hospital where he died. Early reports said that the weapon used had been a pair of scissors, though authorities said on Wednesday that the attacker used a knife.
Cruz' girlfriend described him as shy and quiet. "If you were to say hi…he wouldn't answer you," she told KCAL 9.
The 13-year-old boy has denied that he killed Cruz, as well as that he's involved with a gang, a release from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. His pretrial is set for February 10 at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse. He will remain in Juvenile Hall until then.