Teen stabbed to death at high school
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A teen in Stockton died after being stabbed to death Monday by a man in what police described as a random attack, authorities said. National news outlets have covered the tragedy in the city located almost 50 miles south of Sacramento.
Investigators said the man, who was identified as Anthony Gray, 52, drove to Stagg High School’s front parking lot, exited his car, walked up to the student — Alycia Reynaga, 15, as confirmed to The Times by the San Joaquin County Medical Examiner & Coroner — and stabbed her.
Stockton Unified School District Supt. John Ramirez Jr. said during a news conference that Gray walked through an unlocked gate at the front of the campus. Several school staff members were near the gate when the stabbing occurred, including a district police officer, he said.
District spokesperson Melinda Meza said Gray had tried to grab two female students, according to the Stockton Record. She added that there is no known connection between Gray and Reynaga. The campus was placed on lockdown after the attack.
“It has been a sad day at SUSD,” the district wrote in a Facebook post. “There will be School Counselors, Mental Health Clinicians and School Psychologists available at Stagg all week and as needed. There will also be extra security on campus.”
Gray, 52, who is from Stockton, is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for arraignment on a murder felony charge, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s inmate database. He was detained without bail.
Parents told ABC 10 that Reynaga was one of the high school softball team’s star players.
Officers and Stagg staffers were seen patrolling the school’s parking lots and entrances as students arrived for class Tuesday morning, according to the Record.
“My heart is shattered by the violence that ended the life of a young student today,” Stockton Mayor Kevin J. Lincoln said in a statement. “My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim. No child should ever have to experience or witness such senseless acts of violence.”
The Stockton Police Department told KCRA in February that the city had seen a “very concerning and unacceptable” spike in homicides in 2022.
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