SOUTH GATE (CBS) — CBS2 has learned an 18-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend had been arrested days before the deadly attack for allegedly making criminal threats.

cindi santana Man Accused In Fatal School Stabbing Had Prior Arrest

The victim, identified as 17-year-old Cindi Santana, died at Saint Francis Medical Center hours after being stabbed during a lunchtime fight at South East High School in South Gate.

Our police sources confirm that 18-year-old Abraham Lopez was arrested on Sept. 25, but was bailed out
two days later.

Investigators wouldn’t say if Lopez’s initial arrest was at all related to Cindi Santana.

Santana was fatally stabbed Friday during a lunchtime fight in a courtyard at South East High School in South Gate, according to police.

Friends and classmates of the 17-year-old senior gathered at the school Saturday evening, where a memorial was growing.

“I was telling her just ‘close your eyes and pray with me,’” classmate Danielle Mendoza recalled. “She was just like, ‘I’m not ready to go,’ and she was crying. She was saying that ‘it hurts so much’ and he was basically screaming out, ‘I loved you.’”

Andrew Olivo, a friend of the victim’s, told CBS2’s Rita Garcia he was Santana’s date to a 15th birthday party. It was there she admitted to him that Lopez was possessive, Olivo said.

“She would tell me how he was always very protective of her. He wouldn’t let her like see other guys or hang out with friends,” he said.

“If I knew that this was going to happen, just get her away from here as much as possible,” Mendoza added.

City News Service reports that grief counselors will be available to students and staffers at the school starting Sunday.

Lopez, who has been booked on suspicion of murder, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

» Family Mourns Loss Of South East High School Senior
» Girl Stabbed At South East High School Succumbs To Her Wounds
» Multiple Stabbings At High School In South Gate; School On Lockdown

Comments (16)
  1. JOE says:


  2. Dave Gibbs says:

    Wow, what would possess you to make such a hateful, racist and rude comment. I pity you, anyone who loves you and anyone who has to deal w/ you.

    1. randy says:

      Stupid comment, but how’s it racist? What race are people from Mexico?

  3. Chris says:

    Just another tragic example of the destructive force of machismo that is promoted in the latin world.

  4. TonyP says:

    Yes Chris white man never goes on rampages…..LOL U are really stupid.

  5. TonyP says:

    Its funny when a nut case white guy in AZ kills a little girl, judge and wounds a dozen people including a political figure (congress woman) its because he is sick….the white man ‘excuse’ every time.

    Many, many sico’s out there including white boy.

  6. s says:

    Liver alone,, Cheese mine.

  7. JebbieBush says:

    Yeah, but when the redd nekk does it, it’s out of the ordinary and therefore cause for condemnation.

    But not with the buss boyz from down under.

  8. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    I have dated mexican ladies the past 17 years, about m35, most are fearful of the possessive jealous male, the women will not even acknowledge you in front of them, most all mexican women are beaten from their men, ,reason you see more mex. women dating white/black men. not to mention mex. men are heavy drinkers and they adore their male friends.

    1. Thomas says:

      I have dated White ladies the past 17 years, about m35, most are fearful of the possessive jealous male, the women will not even acknowledge you in front of them, most all White women are beaten from their men, ,reason you see more wht. women dating mex/black men. not to mention wht. men are heavy drinkers and they adore their male friends.

      Do you see how ret@arded that sounds? You’re a plain moron. You can’t even write or spell correctly. Why should anyone take anything you write seriously? Did you drop out of kindergarten or something?

  9. Chris says:

    Hey TonyP, I have been fighting against that stupid, destructive machismo in gangs for decades. And, sorry, but it IS a latino thing, and I’m Mexican. Nobody said whites aren’t violent too, but try taking some responsibility for your own cultural shortcomings.

  10. Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot says:

    This is not at all surprising; the whole city of South Gate is an rancid cesspool.

  11. mexi says:

    mexis men are gay thats why they beat women they are taught to pretend to be tough

  12. justathought says:

    How sad. A beautiful young person’s life has been tragically cut short and we’re arguing machismo, racism, and apparently the gay card as well. How sad indeed…

  13. Jigy says:

    She was a beautiful young girl…………my condolences to her family, What get me more angry is that the mother of the victim had reported to school and police officials about the threats that the guy was making to the victim and nobody did anything? Did they? This obviously cannot be ignore, are our children safe? Specially in school? How many lockdowns have happen the last past few months during school hours? This is a very tragic story, they were both young and both of them have lost their life’s. She’s no longer in this world and basically he completely lost the rest of he’s life in jail.

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