Straight-A student at Wilson High fatally stabbed near El Sereno campus

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A Wilson High School student was stabbed to death after school on Friday, about half a mile from campus in El Sereno.
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A student at Wilson High School in El Sereno was stabbed to death Friday after school, about half a mile from campus.

KNBC-TV Channel 4 identified the student as Xavier Chavarin, 17. Authorities haven’t formally released the name of the teen.

The stabbing occurred about 3:55 p.m. in the 4500 block of Valley Boulevard, said Officer Rosario Cervantes, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, which is handling the investigation. No arrests have been made.


Xavier’s mother, Laura Frias, told KNBC that her son was waiting outside a King Torta restaurant for her to pick him up when he was stabbed in the back. He died at the scene, authorities said.

A fight broke out and a stabbing occurred at Montgomery High in Santa Rosa. One 16-year-old student was killed.

March 1, 2023

Xavier was a straight A-student and set to graduate in a few months, the TV station reported.

After the attack, the suspect fled in a vehicle. Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the stabbing, Cervantes said.

“I am saddened to report the recent death of one of our students off campus,” Principal Gregorio Verbera said in a message Sunday to students and parents. “On behalf of our entire school community, I want to offer my deepest condolences to those who are impacted by this loss, including the student’s family, friends and teachers.”

Crisis counselors are available at the school.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting a 15-year-old at Montclair Place, according to police. Family identified the victim as Omar Espinoza.

Feb. 10, 2023

“Starting Monday, March 6th, students can request a pass from their teachers to the counseling office during class time, or simply just walk in during passing periods or lunch, if they are in need of support,” Verbera said.

Students and families also can call a district wellness hotline at (213) 241-3840, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.