Friday, October 21, 2016

East L.A. mourns 14-year-old stabbing victim

Memorial for Steven Cruz | C.J. Salgado

Memorial for Steven Cruz | C.J. Salgado

EAST LOS ANGELES — Steven Cruz, the 14-year-old who was stabbed to death in front of Griffith Junior High School on Jan. 23, was buried today following a weekend of memorial services and fundraisers.

Cruz, a student at Garfield Senior High, was headed home on a Friday afternoon when he stopped at Griffith Junior High to visit friends, the L.A. County Sheriff Department told EGP News.  During his visit, Cruz was confronted by a 13-year-old male who asked where Cruz was from.  The suspect then fatally stabbed Cruz, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. Some early reports indicated that Cruz was stabbed with scissors but later accounts have said that Cruz was stabbed with a knife.

Last week, the 13-year-old suspect denied the murder charges in court, according to EGP News. Meanwhile, a second suspect, a 14-year-old boy, was also arrested for allegedly supplying the knife.

On Saturday, two separate fundraisers – one was at So-Cal Burgers on Mednik Avenue and the other at the Boys and Girls Club on McDonnell – were held for Cruz’s family. Other local businesses also helped, with Chapala bakery donating pan dulce for the memorial services, according to the Garfield Alumni Foundation page. The Cruz family is also holding an online fundraiser for his memorial and funeral costs.

Today, a funeral was held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church East Los Angeles before he was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, according to the alumni group.

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