A 14-year-old boy, who’s accused of providing the knife used in the stabbing death of another 14-year-old boy outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles, denied a Juvenile Court petition accusing him of murder on Friday.

The suspect, whose name was not released because of his age, was arrested about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was charged Thursday with murder, along with a gang allegation.

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 in front of nearby Griffith Middle School shortly after 3 p.m. a week ago today.

A 13-year-old boy accused of carrying out the stabbing is also under arrest and was 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.

Both teens are due back Feb. 10 in Eastlake Juvenile Court for a pretrial hearing.

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 upper body, authorities said.

City News Service

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