Luis Alonzo Alfara, 17, was charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed fellow 17-year-old student Joshua Broussard to death at their Houston-area high school on Wednesday.

Around 7:10 a.m. inside Spring High School’s cafeteria, a fight broke out between Alfara and Broussard. Broussard died at the scene and three other students who were in the crossfire of the fight – Randall Moore, 17, Deavean Bazile, 16, and another 16-year-old – were hospitalized with injuries.

Following the incident, Alfaro confessed to the stabbing while being interrogated by law enforcement officials working the homicide, according to the Harris Country Sheriff’s Office. He is being held on $150,000 bail, reported the Houston Chronicle. Two other suspects were also taken into custody, and are being considered as witnesses to the stabbing.

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There have been speculations that the altercation between the teenagers was due to gang activity, but Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is unable to confirm the suspicions. Garcia says the stabbing was a result of an escalating confrontation, and therefore likely not premeditated.

Superintendent Ralph H. Draper released a statement to address the tragic death on school grounds. "We are deeply saddened by this tragic event. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and the students who have been impacted by this event," the statement read. "We sincerely thank our parents for their patience as we focus on keeping our students safe and protecting the integrity of the ongoing investigation."

Alfara will appear in court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

– Chelsea Regan

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