A Friday preliminary court hearing is scheduled in Houston for a 17-year-old student charged with murder in a knife attack at his suburban high school.
Luis Alonzo Alfaro of Spring is booked into a Harris County jail with bond set at $50,000.
Investigators say a fight inside Spring High School in Spring escalated into a series of stabbings Wednesday that left a 17-year-old student dead and three others wounded.
The dad and aunt of sophomore Joshua Broussard confirmed to KPRC-TV Houston that he was killed in the stabbing. Sources told KPRC-TV the trouble may have started on Tuesday, when Broussard elbowed another student's girlfriend.
According to investigators, just before the bell rang on Wednesday, someone allegedly bumped one of the victims as he walked through the cafeteria. A fistfight erupted and quickly turned deadly.
Investigators believe only one of the four suspects was armed with a knife and in just a few seconds he managed to stab all four victims. Authorities have not recovered the weapons used during the incident.
Investigators say school police responded in less than a minute, but by that time Broussard was already dead.
Harris County sheriff's deputies were looking into suggestions that the stabbings were related to gang activity. However, deputies had not been called to the school about gang violence before Wednesday.
Broussard's family said the teen had nothing to do with gang relations. "He wasn't a bad kid, he wasn't with no gangs or none of that. He was straight books and school," said Jason Broussard.
School district officials canceled classes at the high school for the rest of the week.