Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing last month at a light rail station in San Jose after they
surrendered to sheriff’s detectives on Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office announced today.Gregory Lopez, 19, and Eddie Rivera, 22, both of San Jose, were the second and third suspects arrested in an Aug. 15 incident at the Alum Rock Light Rail station, according to the sheriff’s office. Kristina Harris-Perkins, 19, of Stockton died after she was stabbed when a fight broke out at the station, the sheriff’s office said. Her traveling companions, a 19-year-old Oakland man and a 16-year-old girl, were also stabbed and underwent surgery at Regional Medical Center in San Jose for their wounds.On Aug. 20, sheriff’s detectives arrested 19-year-old David Pilipina of San Jose in connection with the case, the sheriff’s office said. On Aug. 28, the department issued warrants for the arrests of Lopez and Rivera. Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Rick Sung said detectives have been “working around the clock” on the case, and they asked friends and family of Lopez and Rivera to convince the two to turn themselves in.On Wednesday, Lopez called the sheriff’s office and told detectives he would surrender himself at the Gilroy Police Department, Sung said. Sheriff’s detectives met him there, and Rivera later turned himself in at sheriff’s headquarters in San Jose.On the night of the stabbing, the suspects were with four relatives ranging from 3 to 16 years old, Sung said. He didn’t know what the exact relationships were, but said the minors were taken to the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Child Services because they likely witnessed the fight. “We want to make sure they get the help they need in case they were traumatized,” Sung said. “There could also be some danger associated with them staying with the suspects.”Sung said he couldn’t discuss the details of the fight because the case is still under investigation In an Aug. 19 telephone interview, Harris-Perkins’s father, Andre Perkins, said his daughter had never been involved in a fight in her life. “She didn’t know how to fight,” he said. “I was so overprotective of her. She wouldn’t hurt a fly.”Perkins lives in Clovis, about two and a half hours from where Harris-Perkins was raised by her mother in Stockton. Despite the distance, Perkins said he was very close with his only child, who would visit him on weekends.”She’s the nicest person that you’d ever want to meet,” he said. “I remember when she was in the second grade, she got an award for helping people on the playground. She would give anybody anything. She didn’t mind sharing with anybody.”Perkins said his daughter was preparing to attend a four-year college, and she had found a job as an assistant manager for transportation at SkyWest Airlines in San Francisco with the help of Job Corps, a federal education and job training youth program that she had joined in October 2008.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the detectives’ desk at (408) 808-4500 or leave an anonymous tip at (408) 808-4431.
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