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Updated at 8:57 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2015

A 15-year-old high school student was fatally stabbed outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles Friday afternoon and a second boy was being sought in connection with the killing.

Firefighters took the youth to County-USC Medical Center after responding at 3:08 p.m. to a report of a stabbing victim on the school steps, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said.

The student’s death was later announced by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Monica Carazo said the victim was a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed by another boy as he stood on the perimeter of school grounds immediately after classes let out for the day. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

Daryl Strickland, another LAUSD representative, said the victim was a student at Garfield High School.

“Early reports said the victim was stabbed with scissors, but that has been changed to a sharp object,” Strickland said.

No description of the suspect was immediately available, said Sgt. John Sagardia of the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station. It was unclear if or where he attended school.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives were dispatched to investigate the killing.

The victim’s name was Steven Cruz, KCAL9 reported, citing information from the victim’s best friend and girlfriend.

Cruz was walking home when he stopped by the middle school to see friends, KCAL9 reported.

The suspect, a gang member, asked Cruz where he was from, a common tactic by gang members to determine gang affiliation, then stabbed him in the torso, according to KCAL.

Cruz was described as a good student who enjoyed skateboarding.

Griffith Middle School parents were notified of the death by a recorded audio message, Carazo said.

The school was locked down after the stabbing “to ensure the students’ safety by making sure the grounds were safe and to give authorities a chance to see if anyone witnessed the fatality,” Strickland said.

“Parents and students were brought to the auditorium so they could hear more about why it was important to keep students later than usual,” he said, adding that students were to be released one at a time to ensure that they were going home with a family member.

City News Service

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