Hollywood Job Corps Counselor Fatally Stabbed: Police

Witnesses detained the 22-year-old suspect until police arrived

By Samantha Tata
|  Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:22 PM PDT
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Raw Video: Job Corps Counselor Fatally Stabbed

A group appeared to pray, holding hands in a circle on the grounds of a Hollywood job corps facility where a 59-year-old counselor was fatally stabbed.

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Job Counselor Stabbed to Death in Hollywood

A popular counselor at a job training facility in Hollywood was stabbed to death late Wednesday afternoon. Students said the suspect had been disturbed in recent days

Raw Video: Job Corps Counselor Fatally Stabbed

Eyewitness video of the suspect accused of murdering a 48-year-old counselor at a Hollywood job corps facility being taken into custody before his victim was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
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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."

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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.

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