A 13-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 14-year-old high school student outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles was charged Tuesday with murder.

The boy, whose name was not released because he was charged as a juvenile, is expected to appear in court tomorrow at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse.

He is accused of stabbing Steven Cruz, a student at Garfield High School, shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in front of the nearby middle school.

Friends said Cruz was walking home when he stopped by the middle school to see friends. The suspect, a reputed gang member, asked Cruz where he was from, a common tactic by gang members to determine gang affiliation, then stabbed him in the torso, officials said.

City News Service

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