Councilmember Uranga Issues Statement on the Fatal Stabbing of Keshawn Brooks

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Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga

Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga

The West Long Beach community is mourning the loss of Keshawn Brooks, a 15-year-old student at Cabrillo High School, who was victim of a fatal stabbing on the afternoon of March 12, 2015. While making his way home after school, Brooks was confronted by 18-year-old Giovanny Montelongo. The subsequent scuffle resulted in severe injuries for Brooks, who was assisted by witnesses before being rushed to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, Keshawn Brooks succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

This is an immensely saddening time for the family of Keshawn Brooks and the West Long Beach community. I extend my sincerest condolences to the families, friends, and community members affected by this senseless act of violence. My office will continue to work with the Police Department and Long Beach Unified to ensure the safety of all our students and community members. As a parent, I strongly believe that all our children deserve a safe environment to learn and thrive. The ongoing racial and gang tensions in West Long Beach are unacceptable in a city as diverse as Long Beach and I will not allow our communities to continually live in fear.

The Long Beach Police Department is asking those who witnessed the afternoon attack to come forward and provide additional assistance in the case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Long Beach Police homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Mark Bigel Guarino at (562) 570-7244. Additionally, anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, texting TIPLA plus your tip to “CRIMES” (274637), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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