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Suspect is arrested in murder of student

By Karla Bentencourt /Western Sun staff writer

A 21-yeariold man is facing murder charges in death of Golden West College student.

After the news of the death of Nathan Ortiz, 23, the Santa Ana Police came out with more details as to how his death occurred and what charges are being made towards the suspect.

On the night of the incident, Ortiz was an attendee of a live concert at The Underground in downtown Santa Ana, when he got stabbed in the torso by a 21-year-old man at approximately 10:30 pm.

According to the Orange County District Attorney, suspect Juan Angel Rivera got into a confrontation with Ortiz, which led to Rivera pulling out a knife and apparently stabbing Ortiz multiple times.

Ortiz was said to be left behind after passing out, and then taken to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center where he passed away due to the severe stab wounds.

The next morning, at approximately 10:40 a.m., Rivera was arrested by Santa Ana Police with a charge of one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife.

The suspect is arraigned for stabbing-murdering Ortiz with a $1 million bail requested by the People, as well as a 26-year sentence in state prison.

The OCDA said the investigation is still ongoing and no further details will be given for the time being.

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