ARVIN, CA - Arvin High School is mourning the loss of one of their own. According to the Kern County coroner, 15-year-old Arturo Astorga was fatally stabbed over the weekend.
Arvin Police said Astorga just started high school in Arvin this past year. Not many knew him, but by first period Monday everyone was talking about their former classmate.
Police say the assault happened around 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Di Giorgio County Park, a common hangout for teens.
"I don't know if it was a fight that started it, but it ended up in a fight," said Lt. Olan Armstrong, Arvin Police Department.
Police said the fight escalated. A teenage girl was punched, and three teenage boys were stabbed. Two were treated and released from a local hospital, but Astorga died from his injuries.
"I saw people walking up and down the halls crying a little bit," said Jeffrey Rouell, a sophomore at Arvin High School. "My cousin, he is a good friend of his and he was just heartbroken about it."
"I think what broke my heart the most is being at the age he was, and his mom is going to have to bury him now," said Elizabeth Rouell, a junior at Arvin High School.
Although police could not confirm, students at Arvin say Astorga was associated with members of an Arvin gang.
"It's really sad and I can't say what he was involved with, but what goes around comes around," said Rouell.
According to Arvin Police and the Kern High School District, security was amplified on campus to deter any rival retaliation.
"Extra security was here," said Rouell. "The Kern County Sheriff was inside to make sure nothing happened."
Grief counselors were also offered to students as the community mourns the loss of an Arvin boy.
"It's sad when it happens to anybody, but especially somebody that has so much of their life left ahead of them," said Lt. Armstrong.
Arvin Police have no suspects, but they are asking anyone with information to call 854-5583.