Here’s what you need to know…
1. Alvaro ‘Swung the Knife Multiple Times’ Toward Joshua Broussard
Alfaro is reported to have given a “voluntary statement” to detectives. In the court documents, Alfaro got involved in a confrontation with Broussard in the school’s cafeteria just after the first bell. Two other students are reported to have gotten involved when Alfaro pulled out a pocket knife. The documents state he: “swung the knife multiple times in a back and forth motion.”
Broussard died of multiple stab wounds to the chest.
— _MrSanchez (@FrankSanchez31) September 4, 2013
2. The Attack Has Been Confirmed as Being Gang Related
Without elaboration, The Houston Chronicle reports that the fight was gang-related. Today some news sources are saying that it was a fight between Latino and African American students. Yesterday, Pastor E.A. Dickard told The Houston Chronicle:
This was not gang violence, but simply a misunderstanding between two people.
Though we have found unconfirmed reports from the area that the root cause of the attack was due to a feud between the Brown Pride gang, a Mexican-American street gang and another gang known as The Cool Rock Nation.
3. He Will Be Tried as an Adult
Alfaro is being held in a county lock-up. His bail has been set at $150,000. The teenager has requested a court appointed attorney. At 17 Alfaro is old enough to be tried as an adult in Texas.
4. Alvaro Lives a Few Blocks From the School
Court documents indicated that Alfaro is a native of Texas and lives just a few blocks away from Spring High School in quiet suburban street called Lexington Drive.
5. A Vigil Has Been Held in Spring For the Victims
The stabbing has shocked the community in Spring, Texas where last night a vigil was held for Joshua Broussard. Rev. Mark Estep told The Houston Chronicle:
We’re a diverse community and we came here to pray for our community. We are not going to heal overnight. Spring is a family. We know each other and we care about each other.