A California high school student is dead after being stabbed by her ex-boyfriend, police allege.
Cindi Santana, 17, died at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California Friday night after police say her ex-boyfriend, Abraham Lopez, 18, stabbed her multiple times on South East High School’s campus in South Gate, which is just 15 miles from Los Angeles.
Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Grubb said witnesses at the South Gate school saw Lopez push Santana, then push her again, this time knocking her to the ground. He then stabbed her several times before being subdued by student Jorge Garcia, school Dean Christina Ordonez, and a campus police officer. Santana, Lopez, and the those that subdued Lopez were taken to local hospitals.
Lopez apparently told detectives he hid explosive devices in various places, including one in the vehicle owned by Santana’s family, but a bomb squad search turned up nothing.
The attack happened just before 11 a.m., and the school was briefly put on lockdown, while a search of the campus was done.
Los Angeles Unified School District police Chief Steve Zipperman told local station KABC-TV, “It’s difficult to understand if somebody gets stabbed, but then when we lose a student as a result of that, let’s face it there isn’t anything worse.”