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School stabbing victim, 17, dies of injuries [Updated]

September 30, 2011 | 10:11 pm

Three stabbed at South Gate high school

The victim of the lunchtime stabbing at South East High School in South Gate died Friday evening, and another student has been booked on suspicion of murder, authorities said.

The 17-year-old girl, a senior, was stabbed in the side and back, allegedly by her estranged boyfriend. She died of complications during surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood about 7:45 p.m., said Los Angeles Unified School District Police Chief Steve Zipperman.

“It appears she was his girlfriend and they were going through difficulties,” Zipperman said.

Abraham Lopez, 18, also a senior at the school, is being held without bail, Zipperman said.

The girl was not identified pending notification to her family, he added.

L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy said counselors and support staff will be available to talk to students, staff and family at the school.

[Updated at 10:40 p.m.: The parking structure at St. Francis Medical Center was briefly evacuated late Friday because of a bomb threat that was connected to the stabbing, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Benjamin Grubb. Details of the connection were not available, he added.

The sheriff's homicide bureau will be handling the murder investigation, Grubb said. Detectives were at the crime scene Friday night working on the case, he said.

The department's arson and explosives detail handled the bomb threat, he added.]


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Photo: A Los Angeles City Fire Department crew is shown on the scene of the stabbing attack Friday at South East High School in South Gate. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5