Photo: Cindi Santana was fatally stabbed by ex-boyfriend Abraham Lopez
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.”
Early reports said Lopez was being held on $1 million bail for suspicion of murder, though more recent accounts say he is being held without bail at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.
Three days prior to the fatal stabbing, Lopez had been released on $50,000 bail for making criminal threats against Santana.
Though some parents and students are asking for more safety measures, Dave Sievers, a special education teacher at the school told the Los Angeles Times that the lunchtime supervision that day – when the attack occurred – seemed more than adequate. He added that both students and adults acted quickly when the attack began.
“We have some heroes here,” he said.