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Headlines: Fake Blood Splattered Across Franklin High School Hallway Spell Out ‘Keep the Kids Safe;’ Stabbing Spree in Long Beach

10:12 AM PDT on October 17, 2022

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—Reports of vandalism in the form of fake splattered blood across the school halls were reported this morning at Franklin High School this morning, causing a brief lockdown. The fake blood was also used to write out statements like "Keep the Kids Safe." To date, in 2022, 227 mass shootings at school campuses have been reported, the highest recorded so far. L.A. TACO has reached out to LAPD to confirm details.

—Activists with Black Lives Matter L.A. have begun a vigil in front of the Eagle Rock home of City Councilmember Kevin DeLeon, whose voice was heard on leaked audio recordings revealing racist discussions between DeLeon, Nury Martinez, and Gil Cedillo. The activists plan to stay until DeLeon resigns or is forced to step down from his seat on the City Council. [Proud Member of the Blacks]

One person was killed and eight others injured when the driver of a car plowed through a taco stand in Pomona last Friday night before fleeing the scene. A fundraiser has been set up for Gilberto Cazares Payan, who was waiting in line when his life was taken, as well as for the injured vendors. [CBS]

—City preservationists claim that UCLA has scrubbed all references to Kevin DeLeon, once a "distinguished policymaker-in-residence and senior analyst" at its Luskin School of Public Affairs, from its websites. [Esotouric]

—Alexander Torres of Long Beach has filed a federal lawsuit against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department after the man spent more than 20 years of a 40-year prison sentence for a murder he didn't commit. Torres was found guilty for second-degree murder for a supposed role in the 2000 New Year's Eve killing of a gang member in Paramount and is claiming he was framed for the crime. His sentence has been vacated before he was set free. [LBPT]

—The San Diego Padres beat The Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday, taking our team out in game four of the National League Division Series and ending the Dodgers' season. [SI]

—Recently released footage shows an 82-year-old man in a wheelchair being randomly stabbed in the neck at Mar Vista's Taco Bell by a skateboard-holding, tattoo-covered assailant on October 3rd. The victim was rushed to the hospital and survived. [MSN]

—Police are said to be investigating two alleged stabbings on the oceanfront walk in Long Beach this morning. [KTLA]

—George Gascón: " I can’t say that they were wrong about me... I am, as Martinez said, 'with the Blacks.' Supporting one group, particularly a group that has been marginalized, does not mean standing against another group.” [Gascón For LA]

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