14-year-old boy from Houston dies after classmate stabs him in the eye during a fight over a brownie
Brian Angel, an eighth-grader at the Jane Long Academy in southwest Houston, succumbed to his injuries from a stabbing on March 8
A 14-year-old Houston boy died after he was stabbed in the eye by a classmate in a food-related conflict. Brian Angel, an eighth-grader at the Jane Long Academy in southwest Houston, died this past Friday, March 8, at the Memorial Hermann hospital, after fighting for his life for two days.
According to ABC13, the stabbing occurred after school hours on Wednesday, March 6, after Angel walked across Bellaire Boulevard to a Shop N' Go convenience store. He was reportedly involved in a heated argument with a classmate which eventually spilled outside the store. The altercation ended when the other boy took out a knife and stabbed Angel in the head.
Speaking about the incident, the 14-year-old's friend said the fight had erupted over an extremely trivial matter. "It was over a brownie," he said. "It was ridiculous. I think that (other) kid was not healthy mentally and caused him to pull out his knife and cut him."
A witness to the attack said she when she saw Angel getting stabbed, she ran across the boulevard to find a teacher to help. By the time officers from the Houston Police Department arrived at the scene, the assailant had escaped. "The kid who stabbed Brian just walked away," eighth-grader Hetly Alverez said.
The Houston Independent School District also released a statement addressing the death which read: "We are heartbroken to learn that our student has passed away. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all who loved and cared for him. We had counselors available at Jane Long Academy this week to offer emotional support to students and staff and they will return after Spring Break."
Several students and teachers thronged to St. Luke's Methodist Church Gethsemane Campus Sunday, March 10, to hold a vigil and to pay tribute to the teen's life. Speaking at the vigil, principal Keri Wittpenn revealed she found out about Angel's death just as she left a pediatrician's appointment with her newborn son.
"I sat and wept, trying to understand why one of our students didn’t come home safely and, as a new mom, how to cope with the death of a child," she was quoted saying by the Houston Chronicle.
"I kept thinking how unfair it was that you sent your son to school and he did not arrive safely home. I don’t understand why this tragedy happened, and I have so many questions for God."
The attacker, who has not been identified because of his juvenile status, was apprehended at his parents' apartment in the 5400 block of Ashbrook Drive on the day Angel died. He has since been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection to Angel's death.
Angel's family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the teen's funeral. It has raised $4,069 of a $5,000 goal in just two days at the time of writing. Jane Long Academy has announced that they will provide grief counselors to students in need of assistance for the next week.