Keshawn Brooks, a 15-year-old black youth, was fatally stabbed Thursday, March 12, in the 2800 block of Santa Fe Avenue in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 3:25 p.m., Brooks, a student at Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, was walking home when someone tried to grab his backpack then stabbed him, Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said.
The stabbing occurred near Stephens Middle School, where students were being let out for the day. Several good Samaritans tried to help Brooks, and were at his side when emergency crews arrived.
Brooks was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:46 p.m., said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the coroner's office.
Brooks' father, Keeyon Layton, said his son was not a gang member.
"He did not deserve this," he said.
Neighbors in the area said workers at ...
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