Police clean up Santa Rosa stabbing scene as teachers prepare for school week

  • Family members of Juan Carlos Angel-Esparza, 20, put together a makeshift memorial of candles and flowers near Kawana Elementary School in Santa Rosa, California on Sunday, January 9, 2011. Angel-Esparza was found Saturday evening outside of the school with stab wounds and died later at the hospital.(BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Two knives and blood found at Kawana Elementary School tell of a fight that moved across the school campus, ending with the death of one young man.

Sunday night, detectives remained at the south Santa Rosa elementary school, finishing up their analysis of the fight scene.

Juan Carlos Angel-Esparza, 20, died from at least three stab wounds to his chest, Sgt. Steve Fraga said.

Juan Carlos Angel-Esparza Stabbing


No one was arrested Sunday night in what was the first homicide of the new year. But the blood was cleaned up and the yellow police tape was due to be gone by Monday morning.

That's when the school will be home again to hundreds of K-6 students — many of whom already know something bad happened there over the weekend.

The death of the young man and the connection to the school were two terrible blows, said Martha Menth, a 23-year Kawana teacher.

"Why at our school .<TH>.<TH>. where little kids come by every day?" said Menth, who teaches a fifth- and sixth-grade class. "I feel terrible."

"It upsets me. That young man had a future," said Diane Rubino, the school librarian, who also lives in the neighborhood. "Right on our campus .<TH>.<TH>."

As word of the violence reached school officials and teachers Sunday, plans were made for Monday morning.

Multiple counselors were asked to come to school, and teachers prepared for classroom talks to help students deal with any fear, grief or questions, said Menth.

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