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The video shows the moments before the student was stabbed near Woodrow Wilson High

The video shows the moments before the student was stabbed near Woodrow Wilson High

A photo has been released of the suspect in two stabbings in Los Angeles on March 3. (Los Angeles Police Department)

Los Angeles police have released video of the fatal stabbing of a student near Woodrow Wilson High School last week and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

The incident was reported around 3:55 p.m. Friday in the 4500 block of Valley Boulevard in El Sereno, about half a mile from the Woodrow Wilson campus.

Footage shows the suspect walking through the parking lot toward the sidewalk. As the suspect exits the parking lot, he is seen pulling out a large knife and holding it in both hands and looking at a spot just outside the frame, where the footage ends.

Police officials said the man stabbed a 17-year-old boy, who died at the scene.

The victim was identified on the Los Angeles County Coroner’s website as Javier Chavarin. The teenager was described by his mother, as well as an LA City Councilman, as a straight-A student, a loving son and a “great big brother”.

Police believe the attacker stabbed a 33-year-old man later that night in the 5400 block of Valley Boulevard.

The man approached the victim and stabbed him multiple times without saying anything, police officials said in a news release. The victim survived the attack.

The suspect is described as a male with long, wavy black hair and a long beard and is seen in the video wearing a black jacket, a black t-shirt and black pants. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a black Honda CR-V manufactured between 1996 and 2001.

Javier’s mother, Laura Frias, told KNBC-TV that her son was waiting for her outside a restaurant when he was stabbed, the station reported.

He was a straight-A student who was set to graduate in a few months, KNBC reported.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council adjourned in Xavier’s memory.

Council member Kevin de Leon, whose district includes El Sereno, said the teenager had a promising future and was a “big brother” and a great son.

“He loved to play with Legos. He loved to play with his Xbox. He loved fast cars and he loved to draw,” said De Leon.

De Leon told his colleagues that the Woodrow Wilson High School community was devastated.

Xavier’s mother graduated from school and was pregnant when Xavier received his diploma, De Leon said.

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

Anyone with information about the suspect is encouraged to call LAPD homicide detectives at (213) 996-4116.

Times staff writer David Jahniser contributed to this report.

This story was originally published by Los Angeles Times.



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