LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The 18-year-old man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend on a high school campus last week was charged Monday with murder and other charges.

Security was stepped up this week at South East High School in South Gate, where Abraham Lopez allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old Cindi Santana.

The Los Angeles Unified School District provided counselors on campus Monday for students and staffers who wanted to discuss the incident.

Lopez remained jailed without bail at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles on suspicion of murder.

The 18-year-old allegedly stabbed Santana during a lunchtime fight in a courtyard before being subdued. A varsity football player and a female dean also were stabbed while trying to stop the attack, school police said.

abraham lopez1 Teen Charged After Allegedly Stabbing Ex Girlfriend, 17, To Death

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“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.

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 the football player’s arm, according to published reports.

Santana died during surgery at St. Francis Medical Center. She reportedly suffered wounds to her back and side.

Some parents questioned why Lopez was allowed on campus, since he had been arrested earlier last week for allegedly making threats against Santana and her family. Authorities said he was released on Tuesday when prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to file charges.

“You don’t expect to have those kind of problems in this school,” said one father, as he dropped off his daughter at school.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy said the South Gate Police Department never notified the school with a protective order.

“We have a protocol in terms of protection for students,” Deasy said. “We work with police but we weren’t notified.”

A protective order would have allowed for Lopez to be transferred to another school. 

Santana’s mother had notified the school principal about Lopez’s alleged threats, and campus security officials were on the lookout for Lopez — but he never came to school last week.

LAUSD officials were working, calling for schools to take steps to prevent teen-dating violence. The resolution calls for the appointment of a “prevention coordinator” to spearhead efforts to educate students and district workers about violence prevention.

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Comments (11)
  1. c-man says:

    This punk should be executed.

  2. Hollywood Reporter says:

    Little late isn’t it geezzzzzzzz.

  3. Johns says:

    This criminal parasite needs to be hanged

  4. uhoh says:

    He killed the only piece of lady behind he will ever get. Welcome to the big boy booty club. Your behind is going to be wide as all outside. Fresh fish on the line. I hope you realize you just threw your whole life away for one piece of tail. I guess he didn’t get the memo about the other millions of females out there. I feel sorry for your momma. RIP young lady, i’m sorry you found this loser.

    1. comic_guy says:

      Unfortunately, he’ll probably be out in 15 years.

    2. American Citizen says:

      I love your comment!!! This guy basically just made the biggest stupid mistake of his life!!! Now he will suffer tremendously for the rest of his life and have no choice but to have sex with MEN!
      His only girl he had is now dead and he will only have sex with men! He will never be able to touch a woman again…
      Let this be a lesson to all idiots who commit horrible crimes…
      RiP to the victim and god bless her family..

  5. ??? says:

    so sad for this beautiful young woman, her life hadn’t even started yet. Rest in peace, deepest symphathy to her family.

  6. USA1917 says:

    My heart bleeds for the senseless loss of Ms. Santana’s life. She had her entire life ahead of her.

    The story blames the school for not providing adequate protection. The sad part is that it would not have mattered. He would have caught her off campus and did the same thing.

    The problem is with the law. Deadly threats are made and all the victim receives is a restraining order which is as worthless as the paper that it is written on.

    The law should take death threats more seriously. Oh, I forgot he has Constitutional rights and we don’t have the money to keep him in jail anyway. 😦

  7. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    Ohio. Florida, Texas, Georgia he would be executed, Gay liberal California under Jerry Brown the ugly mexican will get about 23 years.

  8. Efrain says:

    Put this pathetic animal to sleep. Period.

  9. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    Will there be a fund set up for this beautiful girl? i donated to the Larry KIng fund, the student shot in the head at Ventura school? both young beautiful kids, this is so depressing.

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