A man was arrested on charges of murder after killing his girlfriend at school, prosecutors in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that the 21-year-old man was found guilty of fatally stabbing his teenage girlfriend and assaulting a group of individuals who tried to come to her aid.
Abraham Lopez of South Gate was convicted by a jury of murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of assault upon a peace officer, two counts of weapons on school grounds, two counts of resisting executive officer and one count of false imprisonment.
Lopez faces a possible maximum sentence of 42 years to life in state prison.
Deputy District Attorney Brandon K. Wong and Don Syn, who co-prosecuted the case, said at the time of the crime, victim Cindi Santana, 17, had just ended a three-year relationship with Lopez.
Lopez went to Santana’s high school and forced her to speak with him, prosecutors said.
During the confrontation, Santana flagged down the school dean, at which point Lopez put the victim into a choke hold, prosecutors added.
Other high school students witnessed what was occurring, and with the assistance of the dean, struggled with Lopez to release Santana.
Prosecutors said Lopez then pulled out a knife, slashed the dean, stabbed another student and then finally stabbed Santana twice in the back.
Following the stabbing, Lopez was subdued by school police and faculty staff, and subsequently arrested. After the assault, Santana was taken to the hospital for medical treatment, but ultimately succumbed to her injuries.