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Police Believe Tagging Dispute Led To Anaheim Boy’s Death

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ANAHEIM (CBS) — Grief counselors were on the campus of an Orange County junior high school Tuesday following the death of a 12-year-old student.

Police say Juan Martinez, a 12-year-old student at Sycamore Junior High School, was stabbed to death during a fight off-campus Monday.


The suspect, identified by authorities as 18-year-old Bryan Ocampo of Anaheim, has been taken into custody.

“We believe that this dispute arose between a rivalry between two graffiti crews,” Sgt. Rick Martinez said.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports that relatives say Martinez’s dream was to become an artist.

“I hope that justice is served and he gets what he deserves,” Lydia Dominguez, the victim’s sister, said of the suspect.

The victim’s friends all carried reminders of Martinez while at school on Tuesday. They held signs, some bore stickers and wrist bands that read, ‘RIP R2’, a nickname Martinez used which stands for the “Star Wars” robot “R2D2”.

Jonathan Garcia, 17, remembered the suspect from junior high.

“That’s one of those things, a 12-year-old beating up an 18-year-old, he couldn’t take it, so what he did, he got frustrated,” he said.

On Tuesday night, a meeting was held by police for parents to brief them on the latest and ask them to pay close attention to their children’s activities.

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