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Published on June 20, 2024
USC Student Will Not Face Charges in Fatal Stabbing Incident on Greek Row, Deemed Self-Defense by DA

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced that no charges will be brought against a University of Southern California student involved in a fatal stabbing incident on Greek Row. CBS News Los Angeles reported that Ivan Gallegos, 19, was accused of stabbing 27-year-old Xavier Cerf, who was allegedly attempting to break into a vehicle.

The incident occurred late Monday in the 700 block of West 28th Street. Soon after, Gallegos was detained and initially held on $2 million bail. In a turn of events, District Attorney George Gascón stated that Gallegos would not face charges as it was believed that his actions were "driven by a genuine fear for his life and the lives of others." Despite claims by the victim that he had a gun, police found no firearm at the scene, as per KTLA.

"We believe that Mr. Gallegos's actions were driven by a genuine fear for his life and the lives of others. Our heart goes out to the deceased's family, friends, and everyone impacted by this tragic incident," DA Gascón said in a statement obtained by ABC7. The story continues to develop while the community grapples with the complex interplay of self-defense, public safety, and the rights of the homeless.

Additional information and witness testimony have been requested by the LAPD South Bureau Homicide Division as part of their ongoing investigation, according to earlier reporting from Hoodline Los Angeles. The public can also submit anonymous tips through LA Regional Crime Stoppers to aid the case.