A job counselor at a vocational school in Hollywood was attacked in his office on Wednesday in a scene that witnesses described as "gruesome."
The suspect, a 22-year-old student, was stopped and held by nearby students and faculty until the police arrived on the third floor scene at the Job Corps facility, NBC LA reports.
Dwayne Alexander, known commonly as "Mr. A," was taken to a hospital in critical condition for multiple stab wounds to his head and body. He later died.
Alexander reportedly had words with the suspect one day earlier, though the nature of the conversation was not known.
Former students called the suspect quiet and disturbed, and and remarked that he was having diffiuculty adjusting to the school, which offers technical job training and education, and has dormitory facilities.
The well-liked counselor was called "a father figure" by one graduate. A crisis team was called to the school to speak with faculty and other students, according to authorities.
A group of about 40 people gathered and held hands in a circle on the basketball courts following the incident.
The facility, which today shares space with a YWCA, was formerly known as The Studio Club. Neighbors told NBC LA it was once home to Marilyn Monroe, Donna Reed and Sharon Tate.