Twenty-two-year-old Carlos Arellano was reportedly walking with his girlfriend, skateboard under his arm, when he was approached by three suspects and ultimately stabbed and killed over the board.
This on a busy night last month on Sunset Boulevard as many young patrons walked the streets between venues hosting the Echo Park Rising music festival. Police have yet to solve the case. Authorities have said the assailants might have been gang members.
Tomorrow members of the L.A. skate community are hosting a memorial contest that will benefit Arellano's family, who could use help defraying the costs of his funeral, a co-organizer said:
The skater was buried last week, said Christine Olson, a self-described "skater mom" of males aged 15 and 22 who's helping out with the event tomorrow.
The Saturday happening will take place at Highland Park's Garvanza skate course, where Arellano liked to ride his board. The main force behind the event is the Kingswell skate shop in Los Feliz, Olson said.
Like her, the people at Kingswell didn't even know the skater some called "Ekeh:" They were just touched and "were so sickened" by his story, she said. "They just decided to do a good farewell," Olson told us.
Interestingly, the mother said, "both of my kids were at that music festival that night. It could have been my sons."
"Somebody was just randomly killed in the middle of a music festival," she said.
Olson says that professional skateboarders have been promoting Saturday's event on their social media accounts, including on Instagram. Friends of the family are also collecting money online.
The attack happened about 11:30 p.m. on Friday, August 15 in the 1500 block of Sunset Boulevard, police said.
Police and reports indicated that Arellano was punched, swung his board at assailants, and was then fatally stabbed. We phoned detectives to find out if there were any developments in the case, but we were unable to reach anyone.
"He was a good kid and was killed because he stood up for himself ...," musician Ned Casual said on his Facebook page.
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Saturday's event, sponsored by Bakerboys Distribution and others, happens from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature food, drinks, and raffle tickets for sale. A "best trick" skate contest will comprise a centerpiece of the festivities.
There's no cover charge, but donations will be welcome.