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A second teenager was charged Thursday with murder for allegedly providing the knife used to stab a 14-year-old boy outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles.

The suspect, a 14-year-old boy whose name was not released because of his age, was arrested about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, 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.

The teen, who is also facing a gang allegation, is expected to appear in juvenile court tomorrow.

A 13-year-old boy accused of carrying out the stabbing was arrested earlier and charged Tuesday with murder. The boy, whose name also was not released, appeared in court Wednesday 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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