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Slain Job Corps counselor remembered as father figure

March 15, 2012 |  9:01 am


The counselor stabbed to death at a Job Corps center in Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon, allegedly by one of his students, was remembered as a friend and father figure by graduates.

"Since a lot of people here don't really have that situation, he's really like that next person you can go to," Alex Osuna told KTLA.

Dwayne Alexander, 48, known as "Mr. A," was stabbed multiple times about 4:45 p.m. on the third floor of a building in the 1200 block of Lodi Place, said Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Freddy Leyva, 22, was arrested on suspicion of murder. He allegedly stabbed Alexander multiple times in an office at the building.

Some graduates said Leyva was quiet, but was having a hard time adjusting to the highly structured and disciplined training center.

Job Corps graduate Jonathan Whitney told KTLA that Alexander was a "great guy."

"It shouldn't have happened," Whitney said. "A lot of my friends that I saw over there were devastated because he's a great guy."

Crisis counselors were called to the center to meet with students and staff, authorities said.


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