PALMDALE – A 29-year-old man was charged Tuesday with murder in the stabbing death of a fellow attendee at a family gathering in Palmdale.
Angel Garcia’s arraignment was postponed to Nov. 12 and he was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
Garcia is accused in the weekend killing of 28-year-old Daniel Rojas of Palmdale.
Deputies responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon around 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the 37600 block of Scomar Street. Garcia and Rojas were attending a family gathering when they stepped outside and began arguing, said Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
The argument escalated into a fight, and Garcia allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Rojas several times. Paramedics rushed Rojas to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries, Saldana said.
It was not immediately known if Garcia and Rojas were related.
Garcia remained at the scene and was arrested by deputies from the Palmdale station.
UPDATED 10.23.15: Loved ones have created an online fundraiser for the three children Daniel Rojas left behind.
“Danny was the only provider for his family. He was a hard, honest worker and was always focused on taking care of his wife and kids,” the fundraising page states. “All of the money raised will be donated directly to Danny’s children. It will be used to pay for their everyday needs, their health care, necessities and education.”
To donate to this effort, visit https://www.gofundme.com/uq6vucac.
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