NCAVP mourns the death of Jeremy Sanchez, a 17 year old bisexual student-athlete at South El Monte High School in Los Angeles, CA. According to media reports, he was found at the San Gabriel River Trail with multiple stab wounds.
Sanchez’s father lead a search for him after school administrators reported that he hadn’t shown up for class. One of the teens who helped in the search and made the discovery at the San Gabriel River Trail on Wednesday, April 18 was also romantically involved with Sanchez. The next day he was arrested on suspicion of murder and is now awaiting arraignment. While investigators are still looking for motive, it is rumored that Sanchez because broke with the teen and then asked a girl to prom.
School administrators and friends of Sanchez say while he was bullied at school, he was well-known and made people laugh. Grief counselors have been made available to the students at the school. A GoFundMe page has been created to help support his family.
We send our condolences to the family and friends of Jeremy Sanchez.
LGBTQ people deserve and have the right to identity affirming resources around intimate partner violence. If you are or someone you know is experiencing violence in your relationship or from an ex-partner, reach out for help and support. NCAVP is here to help you find local resources and to help you if you experience barriers to accessing support.
We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member and/or call our 24 hour English/Spanish bilingual hotline at 212-714-1141.
NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.