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Published on June 19, 2024
USC Student Arrested on Suspicion of Murder Following Deadly Incident on Greek RowSource: Google Street View

A 19-year-old University of Southern California student, Ivan Gallegos, has been arrested under suspicion of murder following a deadly confrontation on the school's Greek Row, as reported by the Los Angeles Police Department. The incident occurred around 8:15 p.m. on June 17th near the 700 block of West 28th Street, where officers found a 27-year-old male victim, subsequently pronounced dead on the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Details released by LAPD indicate that the deceased, identified as Xavier Cerf, was allegedly attempting to break into a car when he was confronted by Gallegos and two other males. The situation rapidly escalated, leading Gallegos to reportedly stab Cerf multiple times. The two other individuals involved were questioned and released at the scene. According to CBS News Los Angeles, Gallegos, who is being held on a $2 million bail, is a business major at USC's Marshall School of Business and a resident at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house, confirmed by a fraternity representative.

While USC campus police are aware of the incident, the investigation is being led by the LAPD's South Bureau Homicide detectives, who are currently presenting the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for filing consideration. Any witnesses or individuals with additional information have been urged by the LAPD to come forward to assist with the ongoing investigation.

The area has recently experienced a spike in break-ins, which some students attribute to the increased homeless population. Assisting Chief David Carlisle of the USC's Department of Public Safety told CBS News Los Angeles, "Not uncommon for the homeless population to be walking fraternities, behind the house ... looking for unlocked doors." This context has been cited as a backdrop to the fatal confrontation. LAPD has requested anyone with further details to contact the South Bureau Homicide Division or to provide anonymous tips through the LA Regional Crime Stoppers.