Happy, fun, outgoing, passionate. These are the words that people have used to describe 17-year-old Jeremy Sanchez who was killed on Wednesday in South El Monte, California. The athletic student, who was part of the football, baseball, and wrestling, teams at South El Monte High School, was tragically found stabbed near the San Gabriel River.
Sanchez’s family became concerned when he didn’t show up for school Wednesday, April 18.
#ElMonte #JeremySanchez #LASD LT John Corrina hints at what evidence they have revealing why a 16 year old “friend” could have stabbed Jeremy Sanchez to death near San Gabriel River @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/tp5xP31B0G
— Pete Demetriou (@knxpete) April 19, 2018
Sanchez’s family turned to his ex-boyfriend to ask if he’d seen him but The New York Post reports that the 16-year-old friend’s statements didn’t add up. Police have not released the friends name to the press because he is a minor.
Police stated that the ex-boyfriend has been arrested and is suspected of the brutal stabbing death.
UPDATE: LASD tells @FOXLA that Jeremy Sanchez, a 17-year-old South El Monte High School student, was stabbed to death by a 16-year-old friend who helped search for him after he was reported missing. The friend allegedly “found” the body, then contacted Jeremy’s dad. Wow. pic.twitter.com/by5eZUEPBm
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 19, 2018
“There’s a lot of why questions,” Christina Amigon, who was Sanchez’s godmother, told The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “Why did he kill him? Why did he do this to him?”
Last night, a memorial was set up where Sanchez’s body was found.
— WILLHANS ILI ?? (@willhansili) April 19, 2018
“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of our South El Monte High School student Jeremy Sanchez, a popular student-athlete on campus and in the school community,” Sanchez’s school, South El Monte High School, said on their Facebook page. “Jeremy was a happy, funny and light-hearted student who had a passion for sports, having played on the football, baseball and wrestling teams. He was a beloved, natural leader on our campus and his death is nothing short of devastating. We are providing grief counselors to students and staff to help them process their emotions during this difficult time.”
His friends are honoring Sanchez on social media.
rip Jeremy Sanchez?? from ? to ⚾️. We did everything together? no one can ever take away the moments we shared together. I love you lil bro❤️
— C. Huero Lopez (@huerolopez22) April 19, 2018
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It is clear that Sanchez was deeply loved within his community.
R.I.P Jeremy ?. My friend. My teammate. Love you bro. You’ll be missed ❤️ https://t.co/vVH7igXAzI
— Damien Moore (@damienmoore_28) April 19, 2018
“He was always laughing,” David Dueñas, Jeremy’s friend on the football team, told The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He said he would call him “Little Jeremy.”
Today, when students returned to school his classmates mourned the loss of their friend.
— Greg Mills (@GregMillsTVNews) April 20, 2018
“As you may know April 18th we lost a wonderful soul who was taken from us suddenly,” Briana Amigon wrote on GoFundme. “Jeremy Sanchez was a loving young man who was out going and full of energy. He loved playing sports he was on the varsity football team and also on the wrestling team. We have no words to describe the grief that their family is experiencing right now, and many friends and family have asked how they can help at this difficult time. We have set up this Go Fund Me account to help his family. We thank everyone for their support, prayers and condolences in this difficult time.”
In one day, Jeremy’s GoFundme page has raised $13,495 of their $20,000 goal.
— Beverly White (@BeverlyNBCLA) April 20, 2018
This story is developing. We will update this story with further details.