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5 Gang Members Arrested in Connection with the Killing Teen Boy

The arrests were made in connection of the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Javier Luna, according to police.

Five young gang members were behind bars Friday in connection with the killing of a teenage boy last week near Oceanside High School, authorities said.

Detectives arrested Francisco Barajas, 21, Omar Alejandro Garcia, 18, Roberto Medina, 17, Jose Zamora, 17, and Juan Zarita, 17, late Thursday night and early this morning in connection with the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Javier Luna, according to police.

About 1:45 p.m. Jan. 29, officers responding to a reported assault found the victim in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 200 block of South Weitzel Street, suffering from wounds to his chest. The teen, who lived nearby, was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later, Lt. Leonard Mata said.

A dispute between rival gangs over graffiti and vandalism apparently prompted the fatal assault, Capt. Ray Bechler said Friday afternoon.

Authorities declined to say if the victim was a gang member, though his relatives told reporters he was not.

-City News Service

Jimmy Dean February 09, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Lets see, the article says there was beef between gangs over vandalism? I was walking around crown heights that day and I did not get stabbed, I also saw the RIPs spray painted on the walls so I venture he was involved with gangs. But really, gangs or not there are now six young boys who's lives are over before they really started. We need Men in these kids lives, Role Models, heroes.
justiceisserve February 09, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Thank god justice is going to be serve for you bebo we miss you made u rest in.peace:( I know this wont bring you back but atleast they will pay for taking ur life away noone will ever understand the pain this stupid kids caused your family and friends r.i.p bebo:(
JRL May 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM
true, but for now, they need to be locked away. "we", is not me. They had parents, the parent choose they're descendants lot by thier choices. Those "young boys" knew what they did was wrong, and they have to pay. Plenty of kids survive dispite their circumstances and never blame anyone else on opra.

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