Man arrested in fatal stabbing of 15-year-old girl at Stockton Stagg High School in California

STOCKTON, California — A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death by an intruder on a high school campus Monday in what appeared to be a random attack, authorities said.

The girl was stabbed multiple times around 11 a.m. at Stagg High School in Stockton, in California’s Central Valley, and died at a hospital, Stockton Unified School District Superintendent John Ramirez Jr. said at a news conference.

“An intruder entered the front of our school today and stabbed one of our students multiple times,” Ramirez Jr. said. “Unfortunately, she didn’t make it. The assailant was caught, arrested and immediately taken into custody.”

“The school has also been placed under lockdown to ensure the safety of the rest of the students,” he added. “We immediately began working with local law enforcement and they took over the investigation.”

The victim has been identified by her family as Alicia Reynaga.

Anthony Gray, 52, was arrested in connection with the stabbing and is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail, according to a post on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook account. Gray faces murder charges, according to the Post.

The man drove to the school and walked through a campus gate, police said. He attacked before security forces and staff could stop him, Ramirez said.

“We’re definitely going to be re-evaluating security on campus,” he said.

A vigil was held at Stagg High School Monday night where Reynaga’s father paid tribute to his daughter.

“I just want everyone to know that my daughter was a great kid, smart,” said Manuel, who only gave his first name. “My daughter had no enemies. My daughter was protected her whole life. We took her to school, we took her home from school.”

Police initially said the teenager appeared to have been targeted. But Officer Joe Silva told the Sacramento Bee Monday night that detectives now believe it was an accidental act.

A motive for the killing is still under investigation, police said.

ABC News and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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