Tentative deal reached in LA school stabbing suit

A memorial at South Gate High School for Cindi Santana, 17, who was fatally stabbed by her boyfriend Abraham Lopez, 18. Pictured is Jorge Garcia, 16, who intervened during the stabbing.
A memorial at South Gate High School for Cindi Santana, 17, who was fatally stabbed by her boyfriend Abraham Lopez, 18. Pictured is Jorge Garcia, 16, who intervened during the stabbing. Jackie Satti

Relatives of a teenager who was stabbed to death at a Los Angeles school have reached a tentative settlement in their wrongful-death lawsuit against the school district.

The potential deal was reached Monday but details aren't being released. However, Sean Rossall, spokesman for the district's legal office, says it appears to be a "good resolution."

The school board is expected to vote in March on whether to approve the settlement.

The mother and sister of Cindi Santana sued after the 17-year-old was killed in 2011 at her South Gate high school.

Prosecutors say she was stabbed during a lunchtime argument with her ex-boyfriend. Twenty-year-old Abraham Lopez has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges. He remains jailed and faces life in prison without chance of parole if convicted.

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