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* Laungatasi Ahio, of Millbrae, has been charged with the murder of Jared Afu

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 A man who turned himself in for a fatal stabbing at Mills High School in Millbrae last week appeared in a Redwood City courtroom on Tuesday but did not enter a plea. Laungatasi Ahio, 20, of Millbrae, has been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Jared Afu, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Ahio was referred to the county’s private defender program and will return to court with an attorney to enter a plea on Aug. 24, Wagstaffe said. Ahio could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of stabbing Afu, plus one year for the use of a knife, Wagstaffe said.  Authorities believe Afu was killed at about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 4. Police found him near the on-campus tennis courts at Mills High School with multiple stab wounds to his face and neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators were eyeing Ahio early in the case, but got a break when a custodian at a church several blocks from the crime scene called police after he found a backpack containing a bloody knife and Ahio’s identification, Millbrae Police Cmdr. Mark Raffaelli said. “The backpack probably saved us about three hours of investigative work to identify him,” Raffaelli said. Ahio, accompanied by his mother, turned himself in to South San Francisco police at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Raffaelli said. Both the district attorney’s office and Millbrae police say they have substantial evidence against Ahio, but are still trying to determine why Afu was stabbed in the first place. Police said last week that a “personal issue” between Afu and Ahio was a factor in the stabbing.  Wagstaffe said evidence indicates that the issue could involve a woman Ahio referred to as his “wife.”  He said Ahio could have been referring to a common-law marriage, but that investigators are still piecing together the story.  “Our view is that this is not a case that involves who did it, this is a case that relates to what’s it all about,” Wagstaffe said. “This is not about who, it’s about why.”
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