Breakup Led to Teen's Fatal Stabbing Before Body Discovered Near El Monte Riverbed: Detectives - NBC Southern California

Breakup Led to Teen's Fatal Stabbing Before Body Discovered Near El Monte Riverbed: Detectives

Authorities say that the 16-year-old fatally stabbed his friend before joining the search party and ultimately leading them to the body

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    Teenager Killed in Suspected Love Triangle

    A memorial for a teenage boy believed to be killed by an ex grows as news of his death spreads. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

    The teen friend of a 17-year-old boy who was discovered stabbed to death near a riverbed in El Monte was arrested in connection with the slaying Thursday, authorities confirmed.

    The body of Jeremy Sanchez, 17, was discovered on Wednesday near a San Gabriel riverbed in South El Monte.

    Sanchez did not turn up to school on Wednesday, which led to the boy's father and some friends of the victim searching the area for the missing teenager. At approximately 4 p.m., friends of the victim located the body in the river bed of the San Gabriel River Trail.

    The boy had apparently been stabbed and died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Breakup May Have Led to Fatal Stabbing: Deputies

    [LA] Breakup May Have Led to Fatal Stabbing: Deputies

    A teen is accused of fatally stabbing another teen over a breakup, deputies said. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

    On Thursday morning, investigators received information that a friend of the victim may have been involved in the incident and served a search warrant at the home of the subject. Consequently, a 16-year-old boy was arrested for the murder of Sanchez and booked at Los Padrinos Juvenile Detention Center.

    Later in the day, authorities said that the suspect had been part of the search party and helped lead friends and family to the body. Lt. John Corina said at the time that the suspect had been close friends with the victim.

    LA County Sheriff's investigators later confirmed to NBC4 that the victim and 16-year-old suspect were in a romantic relationship, and detectives believe a break-up led to the stabbing and ultimate death of the 17-year-old victim. 

    The murder weapon has not yet been recovered, and anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the LA County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau (310) 890-5500.

    In addition, relatives of the victim have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with funeral costs.

    If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 7.9 percent of all funds raised in the form of platform and payment processing charges.

    Teen Boy Found Dead in El Monte Riverbed

    [LA - STRINGER] Teen Boy Found Dead in El Monte Riverbed

    A 17-year-old boy was found dead in an El Monte riverbed after he failed to show up to school. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

    NBC4's Ted Chen contributed to this story. 

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