A counselor died after being stabbed by a resident student at a Hollywood Job Corps facility late Wednesday afternoon, police said.
What started as a fight between two men ended with the 22-year-old suspect stabbing 48-year-old Dwayne Alexander, who later died at the hospital, police said.
"I know a lot of people are sad," said student Jonathan Whitney. "A lot of my friends that I saw over there are devastated, because he's a great guy."
"Great guy," said student Alex Osuna. "Really nice, father figure, really. He was always there, always took care of the guys."
The incident occurred in an office in the 1200 block of Lodi Place just before 5 p.m. The building was formerly known as The Studio Club, and neighbors say it was once home to Marilyn Monroe, Donna Reed and Sharon Tate. Today it shares space with a YWCA.
Witnesses detained the suspect while they waited for police to arrive, said Detective John Skaggs with LAPD.
Friends say the suspect, who goes by the name "Freddy," had gotten into trouble lately and may have been angry with Alexander.
"I guess he took it personally," said Osuna. "He didn't let it go and just dwelled on it. He snapped today."
The suspect was taken into custody, but the motive for the attack remained unclear, Skagg said.
Crisis counselors were at the facility Wednesday night for the staff and about 100 residents.
A group of about 40 people gathered, holding hands in a circle on the basketball courts of the facility following the incident.