Grief Counselors Will Be On Hand At High School To Help Classmates Of Slain Teen

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Crisis counselors will be available to students at South East High School where a boy fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend on Friday.

The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to have counselors on from about 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. today for students and staffers who want to talk about the homicide.

Abraham Lopez, 18, allegedly stabbed Cindi Santana, 17, during a lunchtime fight in a courtyard before being subdued. A varsity football player, 11th-grader Jorge Garcia, and a female dean also were stabbed or cut while trying to stop the attack, school police said.

“During the argument (Lopez) began suddenly striking (Santana) with his fists and then pushed her to the ground,” Deputy Benjamin Grubb of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a statement today. “The suspect then stabbed the victim several times before being subdued.”

Lopez, who was first taken to a hospital to be checked out, was booked on suspicion of murder, Los Angeles Unified School District Police Chief Steven K. Zipperman said. He is expected to be arraigned today.

Witnesses described Lopez grabbing Santana and putting her in a headlock, as several people tried to intervene in a courtyard away from classrooms. It was unclear what kind of knife Lopez used or how he got it on campus.

It took about 15 stitches to close a cut on Garcia’s arm, according to published reports.

Cindi died at about 7:45 p.m. during surgery at St. Francis Medical Center. She reportedly suffered wounds to her back and side.

The stabbing also triggered a bomb scare at the hospital last night.

“During the investigation, the suspect claimed he had placed explosive devices at multiple locations, including the parking structure at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood,” Grubb said. “Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson/Explosive Detail responded to the alleged locations and did not locate any suspicious devices.”

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Murder suspect Abraham Lopez in his booking photo. (credit: LA Sheriff's Dept.)

South East High School, about 7 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, has about 2,800 students.

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  1. Joe Youssef says:

    My Prayers go out the family, and to all the student whom this event has scared or wounded in physical, emotional, or mental harm.

    His action has determined his fate, and his action has hurt many. My love and prayers sent to you all. God Bless you and help you through this.

    Reply to John Holmes-
    All races have their defective people, do not catogorize a race or population of people, that is a judgement of anger and disturbing absence of control of ones intelectual observance.

    And for the illegal statement, I agree on closing the borders, but why discriminate and say he is such, or bring such a point up? This isn’t about that. For many of all races do amazing things for this country, either of citizens and some are not. Think of what you are putting into the childrens minds.

    1. John Holmes says:

      What am I putting into childrens’s minds, that illegal aliens and their offspring bring nothing good to America except crime, tons of babies on welfare and graffiti ridden neighborhoods. Soon California will be renamed “Mexifornia” another third world country.

      1. FoolsRule says:

        Obama is deporting a small percentage of the alleged million illegals convicted of crimes. Let us hope this stabber will be one of them.

        Teachers can only do so much with what they have to work with, in terms of IQ, or home environment being conducive to studying, etc. Good teachers should not be penalized if they’re stuck with a large pool of low-IQ students, but parents shoud be, for bringing them into the world. No more tax credits for them.

        The influx of illegals stems from overpopulation. The US government should not reward popultion increases with tax credits; rather, tax credits should be given for birth control. This would alleviate future demands on welfare and future production of graffiti.

        Our government’s wilful failure to control illegal immigration is a contributing factor to the crimes committed by illegals. If I were attacked by an illegal alien, i would sue the government for negligence in failing to protect the borders. If every crime victim of an illegal did this, the government would do its job more propertly.

      2. FoolsRule says:

        Obama is deporting a small percentage of the alleged million illegals convicted of crimes. Let us hope this stabber will be one of them.

        Teachers can only do so much with what they have to work with, in terms of IQ, or home environment being conducive to studying, etc. Good teachers should not be penalized if they’re stuck with a large pool of low-IQ students, but parents shoud be, for bringing them into the world. No more tax credits for them.

        The influx of illegals stems from overpopulation. The US government should not reward popultion increases with tax credits; rather, tax credits should be given for birth control. This would alleviate future demands on welfare and future production of graffiti.

        Our government’s wilful failure to control illegal immigration is a contributing factor to the crimes committed by illegals. If I were attacked by an illegal alien, i would sue the government for negligence in failing to protect the borders. If every crime victim of an illegal did this, the government would do its job more propertly.

      3. cypadilla says:

        WOW! In this day, I can’t believe that such ignorant comments are being made. Immigration can bring in amazing people too! Doctors, my husband one of them, and many more out there that don’t make the news because no one wants to hear it. But why don’t you educate yourself with the following:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Quinones-Hinojosa

        One of many.

  2. Joe Youssef says:

    I will not debate or argue about this mr.john. I am only saying that this country was founded upon immigrants that took this land. So in sense you believe that it was alright to do such but now we must say no to illegal alliens and say they all bring crime. When some actually do what they can to survive. If the united states has the right to name itself america on land that was not its own to start with then to bring in consideration the disease and plague that immigrants brought over to the natives then it is not in our right to choose what it is to do with them but to help and give those who need a hand, two instead of one. I do agree that this should be done after the usa takes back the rightful place of the 1st world country in position and rank with no debt or such but dicrimintion or catogrization is not the way to go about it.

    1. swhitS says:

      Will people stop living in the past. This is the here and now and things have dramatically changed since the settlers came here. I do not agree with targeting these people as it is not mentioned they are illegal and not all Latinos are illegal nor all legal Latinos criminal. But let’s get off the blame and shame trip we have immigration laws in part for the same health reason you mention and yes, if they are illegal they are criminal. No one has to make up any damage or allow the same thing to happen in 2011 and by doing so you make them more of a victim than they already are. I came here legally and am a taxpayer along with millions of other legals we owe them nothing. You are very welcome to donate, feed and house these people all you want but you can count 75% of the population out. Illegals support communism and anyone who supports them and their actions are traitors to America.

    2. Mexilangeles Resident says:

      Mexicans took “this land” away FIRST since you’re insinuating it was taken from them by the USA.

      Live in the past, what do I care, today, here and now, in the present its the USA.

      But if you want this land back, take it, but we tear it all down and give it too you in the state when the USA BOUGHT it from you. That way, you can start over nice and fresh!

  3. swhitS says:

    RIP Cindi my thoughts to the parents and family.

  4. Lisa says:

    What a tragedy. My heart goes out to Cindi’s family and friends. A young life taken so soon by violence. What is the world coming to? It’s scarey.

  5. Realist says:

    Grief Counseling !?!
    How about some parenting counseling for the hispanic and black community, lack of decent male role models turn their children into animals killing, stabbing, robbing, raping.

    Allow open season and a reward for the head of any punk with a gang tattoo🙂

    1. Too manly beans .. says:

      I agree!

    2. Mehilangelino says:

      Don’t lump all Latino’s with hispanics – Mexico is one country and it does not represent the rest of a very diverse Latin America. Need I remind you that Mexican culture is the one that gang bangers are from, not Urugayan, or Argentinian or Costa Rican… think about that.

      As for African American role models, when you have a certain culture, you’re culture, your people, glorifying, lauding, thug bling culture, you buy into it don’t front, so do your kids, then that pushes those stereotypes further.

      Which leads to the black community also living upto them. They could be more aware and stop with that mess, but on the other hand they DO have positive male role models in their communities, you just don’t live or visit those communities to see that. You sir, are a fool and you and your people, your kids LOVE to see the black community live out that thug new minstlrelsy for YOUR consumption.

      In fact, your people work tirelessly in conference rooms with PowerPoints to MAKE heroes and role models out of 50 Cents…

      Change starts with you ALSO. Tell your kids how loving thug culture actually also contributes to oppressing them. Tell them.

    3. cypadilla says:

      It’s amazing that no one brought up race when Columbine happened. Hmmmm. Interesting. Educate yourself! These are called crimes of passion, and have nothing to do with race. It is awful what happened, but to turn this into a race or legal debate is appalling: SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!

  6. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    What exactlly do grief counselors do? Also, that girl was too good looking for that wimp, she needed a good looking Brad Pitt type. the rest is common sense.

  7. Mexilangeles Resident says:

    They need more than grief counselors. Those people, they need to look at their culture and how to change it, because all they do, time and again, over and over, generationally, is make this impulsive macho misogynistic coward thugs. Its part of the culture.

    Grief counselors can’t change that and in my view, just contribute to asinine mentality of blaming not themselves as a culture but others, easy outs, easy to get counseling and not confront the problems they have as a people.

    But will they look at themselves and start change? No. Never happen, they never accept responsibility.

    But this is the future of America, gorgeous modern schools are built for their mihos and mihas and thats how they repay what the USA gives them and commit such horrendous crimes.

  8. Isabel Granados says:

    all my prayers go to the family. im sorry for yourn loss. she was actually to good for him,she deserved better. he Deserves nothing But LIFE IN JAIL!! Cindi Rest In Peace,Gone But Never Forgotten.

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