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USC area: Student, 23, is fatally stabbed

September 23, 2008 |  3:42 pm

Bryan Richard Frost, 23, a USC film student, died of stab wounds suffered in a fight near 28th Street and Orchard Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.

The Idaho native was walking with two other students when the struggle occurred.

UPDATE: Travion Terrett Ford, 24, was arrested on suspicion of murder for the attack that police said was not gang-related. Police also said that they had recovered a knife they believe was used to kill the student and that they were questioning a female companion of the suspect.

Jia-Rui Chong

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USC is an excellant college and parents pay big money for their children to attend and some have worked hard to earn scholarships to attend, so when something such as this murder occurs it's sad and unfortunate. Some parents are not aware the college is located right in the center of one of south central's high crimes areas and the risk are high for citizens who live ther daily. Parents need to be informed of the area and go over safety precautions for their children while in attendance of USC. To the family that all Afro American men and people are not out to harm others, and commit crimes such as this, there are those just like myself who are caring of others, hold down descent jobs and are christians, so please do not stereo-type our race because of this or even our city because Los Angeles does have some beautiful areas and full of opportunities. Sorry for your lost and may God bless and strengthen your family.

The individual that committed this murder was arrested. But it still does not help the factthat other crimes have occured in this area. The most important is that the student walk together in groups or in two's at least, be aware of your surroundinds and when approached by someone you feel is going to cause youharm be sure to look at the individual(s) to be able to identify him/her in some type of way. Remeber you are in one of Los Angeles high crime areas and do not want tofall prey of an attacker. Remeber to pray and keepGod in your life and watch over you daily.

One young man is dead and the suspect virtually will be to if he is convicted of murder and sentenced to life. It is sad all this had to happen and a man lost his life for nothing.

This crime like all of the other ones is sad. But, I wonder why the victim's ethnicity is mentioned like it is when the victims are Latin or black.

Just wondering -- why no ethic info on the suspect that was arrested? Not available?

Also curious as to more of the details behind the interaction that led to the murder.

According to the LA County Sheriff Department website, Travion Ford is black. 6'2", 150 lbs. Rough neighborhood down there around USC, but let's not stereotype (cough, cough). A white person is capable of this crime, but once again, didn't commit it.

My condolences to the famiily and friends of the victim.

Pete wrote:

"According to the LA County Sheriff Department website, Travion Ford is black. 6'2", 150 lbs. Rough neighborhood down there around USC, but let's not stereotype (cough, cough)."

Why bother with the coughs? Those whose ilimited ntellects leave them believing it's okay to stereotype should feel free to do so outright. Even dumb racists have the right to freedom of speech.

Pete further wrote:

"A white person is capable of this crime, but once again, didn't commit it."

The community surrounding USC has a large number of black residents, and it's hardly surprising that a crime committed in the surrounding area was committed by a black person rather than a white person. Making anything more than that of the perpetrator's race says much more about your intellect and character than it does anything else.


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