Suspect led search party to teen's body

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

Los Angeles authorities say a 16-year-old fatally stabbed his teenage friend, then joined a search party and ultimately led them to the victim's body.

The body of the victim - identified by the coroner's office as Jeremy Sanchez of South El Monte - was found about 4 p.m. Wednesday near Parkway Drive and Thienes Avenue in the Avocado Heights area, a sheriff's statement said.

Family members said Jeremy was a student at South El Monte High School, which brought in extra counselors for the day.

Los Angeles officials said a murder suspect helped look for a missing friend and purported to find his body before he was arrested. He was arrested early Thursday, and detectives searched his home where they found evidence that could help their investigation, he said. The murder weapon has not been recovered.

Police say the deceased teen's father put together a group of locals to look for him when he did not show up to school. Detectives are still trying to pin down a motive for the killing but said the two were "very good friends".

Sanchez's cousin, Briana Amigon, said in a post on GoFundMe that he loved playing sports, was on his high school's varsity football team and on the wrestling team. The boy's friends went looking for him as well.

Jeremy Sanchez, 17, a junior at South El Monte High School, was found stabbed to death near the San Gabriel River on Wednesday. He was on the varsity football team and also on the wrestling team.

He said Sanchez earned his way back to the team in February, and participated in Saturday's 7-on-7 passing tournament at Arroyo High School over the weekend. "This is just a awful tragedy and we all feel for him and his family", Gallardo said.

"We're all pretty shocked, it's such a awful loss", Gallardo said. "It makes no sense".

"He said 'I'm going to be a champion, coach, '" Castellanos said. "I gave him a ride to Arroyo and a ride back to the school and everything seemed fine and normal".

Jeremy Sanchez is seen in an image provided by a former coach. "That kid was one the most competitive kids around, had a great heart and was the kind of athlete we always hear about that plays bigger than his size", Veliz said.

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