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
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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,
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.