The 14-year-old Houston student who was allegedly stabbed by a classmate over a brownie has been identified.
The victim was identified as Brian Angel. Last week, the Houston police announced that he died after being stabbed in the head by a classmate.
Police have not identified the suspect, saying he’s also 14 years old. He was charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, reported ABC13.
Officials said Angel was an 8th grader at Jane Long Academy in southwest Houston.
In the incident, he walked across Bellaire Boulevard to a convenience store, and officials said there was an argument with a classmate.
The dispute ended up with Angel being stabbed in the head. Early reports said he was stabbed in the eye.
“It was over a brownie,” Brian’s friend told ABC13. “It was ridiculous. I think that (other) kid was not healthy mentally and caused him to pull out his knife and cut him,” said Sergio Munoz.
He said the victim was outgoing and generous, adding that “he didn’t deserve what happened.”
“I don’t understand why this tragedy happened, and I have so many questions for God.”
Jane Long Academy said it’s providing grief counselors to students over the boy’s death.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe account was set up for funeral expenses for the boy.
The Houston Independent School District issued a statement, saying, “We are heartbroken to learn that our student has passed away. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all who loved and cared for him. We had counselors available at Jane Long Academy this week to offer emotional support to students and staff and they will return after Spring Break.”
UPDATE: sadly, the 14-year-old stabbed on Wednesday (March 6) at 6436 Bellaire Boulevard has died. No other information is available at this time. The original news release on this case can be found here ===> https://t.co/KWXTOBbeB7 #hounews
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 8, 2019
Principal Keri Wittpenn said she learned about the stabbing on her way out of a doctor’s appointment for her newborn son.
“I sat and wept, trying to understand why one of our students didn’t come home safely and, as a new mom, how to cope with the death of a child,” Wittpenn told the Houston Chronicle. “I kept thinking how unfair it was that you sent your son to school and he did not arrive safely home. I don’t understand why this tragedy happened.”
“Police are investigating an occurrence that took place off-campus, after dismissal (Wednesday) near Jane Long Academy that resulted in a student being seriously injured. Counselors will be on campus (Thursday) to offer support and guidance to students,” said the Houston Independent School District to Click2Houston.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call 713-222-TIPS.
Violent Crime Up in Texas in 2017
In Texas, according to the FBI, the violent crime rate rose in 2017, reported the Texas Tribune.
The agency noted that there were only 1.5 officers for every 1,000 Texas residents last year, which is down from two Texas officers for every 1,000 residents in 2016.
In September 2018, the FBI said Americans committed fewer violent and property crimes across the United States in 2017, according to statistics. The violent crime rate—including offenses such as murder, robbery, and aggravated assault—dropped by almost 1 percent and is still about 4 percent above the 2014 rate. The murder rate dropped by 0.7 percent.
“There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to [the FBI] nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the agency said.
Of the estimated 17,284 murders in 2017, more than half occurred in larger cities—with populations of more than 100,000.
There are fewer than 300 such cities in the United States, and while they account for less than 30 percent of the country’s population, many of them contribute far beyond their share to national crime rates and have done so for years, even decades.
While the national murder rate inched down to 5.3 per 100,000 residents, it spiked by 15 percent in Philadelphia, to a rate of more than 20 per 100,000 residents. Columbus, Ohio, saw a massive 54 percent murder rate increase, reaching nearly 16.3 per 100,000 residents.
The murder rate in St. Louis rose by more than 10 percent and reached 66 per 100,000 residents—the highest among larger cities.
Baltimore’s murder rate rose by nearly 8.5 percent, reaching some 56 per 100,000 residents.