Stockton, CA – A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a stranger who broke into the grounds of her Stockton high school and randomly attacked her on Monday morning.
The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. on April 18 in the parking lot on the campus of Stagg High School located in the 1600-block of Brookside Road, KTXL reported.
Police said that a trespasser – later identified as 52-year-old Anthony Gray – drove through the gates and onto campus unimpeded.
Gray parked his car in the school’s parking lot, got out and then attacked 15-year-old Aliycia Reynaga, stabbing her multiple times, KCRA reported.
A Stockton Unified School District officer was able to detain the killer shortly after the attack.
Officials called the stabbing of the teenage girl a “random act.”
Reynaga was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to save her, according to police.
“A trespasser entered the front of our school today and stabbed one of our students multiple times. Unfortunately, she did not make it,” Stockton Unified School District Superintendent John Ramirez Jr. confirmed on Monday night.
Police said Gray was detained just moments later by a Stockton Unified School District officer, KCRA reported.
Reynaga’s family identified the teen at a vigil outside the high school on Monday evening.
Students and their parents complained to KOVR that the gates to Stagg High School were never locked.
“They’re never closed,” one student said.
The student told KOVR that the gates are frequently left open and there is very little security preventing anyone from entering the campus.
“Very rare there are officers there at all. Very rare,” the student said. “I don’t want to lose any more people like that. That shouldn’t have happened today.”
Reynaga, known as “Lala” by her softball coaches and teammates, is being remembers as a star on and off the field, KOVR reported.
“I’ll always have that empty space in my heart,” Stagg High School Softball Coach Lia Medrazo said. “The girls are going to miss her and I hope her sister comes back and wants to play for her.”
“All of our softball girls are taking it pretty hard,” Medrazo told KTXL.
Stagg’s softball team has cancelled all its games for the week, KOVR reported.
“A lot of us can’t get over the fact that someone came onto campus and did such a crime,” Medrazo said.
Ramirez said that the school district would be reviewing all of the security protocols across the entire district.
Gray is facing murder charges for the attack on Reynaga, KOVR reported.