Homeless man killed while allegedly breaking into cars outside USC fraternity identified

The man fatally stabbed during an altercation over allegedly breaking into cars on USC’s Greek Row in Los Angeles Monday evening has been identified by coroner’s officials.

Police found the man, Xavier Cerf, 27, fatally stabbed in an alley while responding to the incident in the 700 block of West 28th Street in the University Park neighborhood around 8 p.m. 15 p.m.


Authorities said Cerf, who is reportedly homeless, was involved in a confrontation with 19-year-old USC business student Ivan Gallegos after Gallegos and two friends allegedly saw Cerf burglarizing cars.

At one point during the altercation, Gallegos allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Cerf multiple times.

Deer was clearly dead at the scene.

Gallegos remained at the scene and investigators said he was acting in self-defense and that Cerf told him he was armed with a gun.

Gallegos, who has no criminal record, was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder.

He is being held on $2 million bail.

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