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Vigil Honors “Friendly and Easy-Going” 14-Year-Old Killed Outside Middle School

Mourners held a somber vigil for a 14-year-old boy a day after he was killed outside an East Los Angeles middle school Friday.

The boy, identified by friends and family as Steven Cruz, was allegedly attacked with a sharp object that authorities originally described as scissors just after 3 p.m. at a school near the high school he attended, officials said. LA County Sheriff's deputies arrested another boy Saturday in connection with the slaying.

Roses were left above a picture of Cruz in a cap and gown at Saturday night's vigil in East LA.

Cruz's family hasn't spoken with the media, but they did set up a fundraising page online to help pay for services.

"He was friendly and easy-going. He loved his friends and his family with all his heart," his family wrote on the page. It said he was "at the wrong place, at the wrong time" when he was attacked.

Extra counselors will be available at both the High School Cruz attended, Garfield Senior High School, and the middle school outside of which he was allegedly stabbed, LA Unified School District said.

The Congresswoman who represents the district, Lucille Roybal-Allard, called Cruz's death "horrific and senseless."

"It is chilling that this tragedy occurred at a school, which should always be a safe haven for our children," she said in a statement Saturday.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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