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A second teenager was arrested in connection with the death of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles, authorities said Wednesday.

The suspect, a 14-year-old boy whose name was not released, was arrested about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, and he was booked on suspicion of murder, according to the sheriff’s department.

The boy allegedly provided the knife that was used in the stabbing of Steven Cruz, a student at Garfield High School who was fatally wounded shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in front of the nearby middle school.

A 13-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing Cruz was arrested earlier, and he was charged Tuesday with murder. The boy, whose name was not released because he was charged as a juvenile, appeared in court at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse today and denied the murder charge and gang and weapon allegations — the equivalent of a not-guilty plea in adult court. A court commissioner denied a request to release the boy from custody, and another hearing was set for Feb. 10, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Friends said Cruz was walking home when he stopped by the middle school to see friends. The stabbing 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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