Ex-boyfriend charged with killing LA area student

LA Unified School district police outside Southeast High School in South Gate after a stabbing that ended in the death of a female student on Sept. 30, 2011.
LA Unified School district police outside Southeast High School in South Gate after a stabbing that ended in the death of a female student on Sept. 30, 2011. Brian Watt/KPCC

An 18-year-old Southland student has made his first appearance in court after being charged with murder in last Friday’s stabbing at a South Gate high school.

Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Abraham Lopez with 10 felony counts in the death of his ex-girlfriend. Investigators allege Lopez stabbed 17-year old Cindi Santana on campus following a lunchtime argument at Southeast High School, where both were seniors.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has expressed concern that South Gate police didn’t warn the school about the potential danger posed by Lopez. They had arrested him days before the stabbing for allegedly threatening Santana and her family.

Deasy said the girl’s mother did report the earlier arrest to the school’s principal.

Lopez faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole if he’s convicted. His arraignment has been continued until Oct. 25. He’s being held on $1.2 million bail.

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