Man found slain on Mills High School ...

Man found slain on Mills High School campus

There are 14 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Aug 5, 2010, titled Man found slain on Mills High School campus. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Police are searching for the killer of a 19-year-old college student who was slain late Wednesday night on the Mills High School campus.

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Jack

Morgan Hill, CA

#2 Aug 6, 2010
Christ Puncher wrote:
My condolences to the family but why is this news in the Sentinel? Why are we learning trivia facts about the victim?
Thought the same thing myself.
Kalifornia Uber Alles

Chesapeake, VA

#3 Aug 6, 2010
First Soquel H.S. and now this. While school is out these areas are turning into kill zones.
BC Resident

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Aug 6, 2010
Don't forget we had a dead body at Boulder Creek Elementary School this summer as well. Deemed not to be a murder though.
SgtFriday

Watsonville, CA

#5 Aug 6, 2010
It's called a "news cycle". A couple of years ago it was dog attacks, and then it was senior drivers causing wrecks.
Next it'll be school teachers molesting kids.
sandycruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Aug 6, 2010
Christ Puncher wrote:
My condolences to the family but why is this news in the Sentinel? Why are we learning trivia facts about the victim?
I went to this High School! I guess that's why it is in my newspaper ...
DownTownBlues

Soquel, CA

#7 Aug 6, 2010
"San Mateo Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Kirk Black said the incident is not connected to the school, and parents should not be concerned."

A murder happened, and we should not be concerned? This person should be removed from office immediately. Reminds me of the famous 'santa cruz is safe' Ryan quote...
sanctuary city

Watsonville, CA

#8 Aug 6, 2010
sentinel is making this article so that the people of santa cruz dont think we are the only ones with dead bodies showing up at our schools.

but what it really did was just make santa cruz look like san mateo.
StartThinking

United States

#9 Aug 6, 2010
This is a very sad thing. A young man changes for the better and some jerk takes his life. He obviously did not have a cigarrete or smoke if he is Mormon. How ridiculous to kill over that.
Anne Korbabee

San Francisco, CA

#10 Aug 6, 2010
The attackers were raceless? Why bother with the particulars of the description if you haven't the cojones to say the race of the perps?
Here For Now

Vallejo, CA

#11 Aug 6, 2010
Anne Korbabee wrote:
The attackers were raceless? Why bother with the particulars of the description if you haven't the cojones to say the race of the perps?
yes, how about 5 facts on the killers, were they white men, black men, hispanic men? why bother giving their height and clothing types and not describe the criminals??
Must of been edited out by the sentinel, they only allow so much controversy.
Grumpy1

United States

#12 Aug 6, 2010
Who cares??This happened far away to somebody not in our community.Another path opened to compassion fatigue.Why we can't have stories about LOCAL issues that local people can really do something about?
San Mateo Bearcat

South San Francisco, CA

#14 Aug 6, 2010
DownTownBlues wrote:
"San Mateo Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Kirk Black said the incident is not connected to the school, and parents should not be concerned."
A murder happened, and we should not be concerned? This person should be removed from office immediately. Reminds me of the famous 'santa cruz is safe' Ryan quote...
He actually wasn't quoted as saying that, the report attributed it to him. Who knows what the question was. The quote is in quotes!
Local Yocal

Freedom, CA

#15 Aug 7, 2010
Slipped in from Mercury News, which owns he Sentinel.
SANTACRUZCITIZEN

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Aug 7, 2010
A Millbrae man is in jail on suspicion of murder in connection with the slaying of a 19-year-old college student after a fight police believe was sparked by an argument over a woman.
Laungatasi Ahio, 20, came to the police station and turned himself in Thursday night, said Millbrae Police Cmdr. Mark Raffaelli. Investigators believe he is responsible for the death of Jared Afu, also of Millbrae, who died after being stabbed multiple times late Wednesday near the tennis courts at Mills High School, 400 Murchison Drive.
It appears Ahio and Afu, who knew each other, started talking, but their discussion over a woman then turned violent. Raffaelli declined to elaborate on the nature of the trouble, but it appears

*Refresh page to view mapthe woman in question was Ahio's wife.
Afu's friends told police they initially thought Ahio was punching the victim, but they later realized he was stabbing him. They called 911 immediately.
Earlier that night, Ahio -- who was with a friend who has not been named because he is a juvenile -- spotted Afu and his three friends walking in the street. Ahio followed the group to where they stopped near the tennis courts to smoke a cigarette.
He then walked up to Afu and asked for a lighter, Raffaelli said. The two men sat on a bench and started talking. By this time Afu's three friends and Ahio's companion walked away in separate directions. At some point, the words turned to violence.
After the stabbing, police said,
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Ahio took off running and ditched the knife and his bloody jacket near a church a few blocks away. An employee spotted the bag and called police. Based on the evidence found at the church, police were already zeroing in on Ahio as a suspect.
Police are still looking for Ahio's friend, but they don't believe he was involved in the violence.
They are interested in getting a statement about what he saw or heard the night of the killing.
Detectives will continue their follow-up investigation and could send the case to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office as soon as Monday.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Ahio will be in court by Monday or Tuesday afternoon.
Catherine Afu said her son was a student at Skyline College and had plans to become an engineer.
The youngest of seven children was also involved in the Mormon church and planned to go a two-year mission with a friend starting this winter.
"He gave the best hugs in the world," she said Thursday as family and friends gathered to mourn her son's death.
The victim's sister, Piilani Afu, 25, said Friday that the family knows Ahio and he has been to their house on several occasions.
She added that her family has already met with his relatives and they have made peace. The Afus have also forgiven Ahio.
"Even before we knew who it was we knew that (we would forgive him)," she said. "But finding out who it was was a shock."
The Afu family has planned a memorial and viewing for next Friday in the LDS cultural center at 975 Sneath Lane in San Bruno, with burial on Aug. 14 at a time that has yet to be set.

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