Los Angeles is in shock after three brothers were found stabbed to death inside a car parked by a South Side elementary school. The father, who is the main suspect, was taken to the hospital with several stab wounds.
Dozens attended a vigil for the three brothers, which took place at Dolores Huerta Elementary, where the crime allegedly took place. Los Angeles police believe this is a case of murder-suicide by the children’s father.
The three brothers stabbed, who were between the ages of 8 and 12-years-old, were found dead inside a Nissan Quest. Each boy suffered multiple stab wounds. Their father, identified by family as Luis Fuentes, was bleeding from stab wounds in the front seat and was taken to USC Medical Center in critical condition, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
“These are horrific incidents. These are incidents that scar not only a community but the first responders who have to handle them. It’s a sad day in Los Angeles made only slightly better by the fact that we have a probable suspect in custody.”
At this time, investigators state that the motive for the stabbing of the three brothers remains unclear. Fuentes — who does not have history of domestic violence — is the only suspect in the case and will be arrested if he survives his injuries, Los Angeles police officer Matthew Ludwig told reporters, according to the Guardian.
A furniture store owner across the street from the school — which the three brothers did not attend — says he was the one who first noticed the attack on the boys, according to ABC7. Police received a report of an assault with a deadly weapon around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“I noticed a guy was all bloody as I walked up to the car. As I approached a little bit closer, I noticed a young boy on a passenger side rear seat crouched against the door, blood all over him, and his eyes were half open, and I looked to see if there was any kind of beat on his chest and there was nothing. I yelled at the guy and he was breathing, but gasping. It didn’t look like an attack on him. Doors were closed. He had a box cutter.”
Luis Chanquin, a shocked family member, identified the three brothers as Luigi, Alex, and Juan Fuentes.
“They were angels, they were kids, but like I said I just hope God forgives him,” Chanquin said. “I know God has a good place for these children up there where he’s at.”
The family of the three brothers stabbed to death has set up a GoFundMe account and are asking for help to cover funeral expenses.
[Image via Go Fund Me/ABC7]