Police say this was a random act of violence. Two young men leaving a party over the weekend were jumped by three others, an encounter that had deadly results.
"He was a good boy," said the victim's mother, Ganyane Oganyan. "He was attending a party. He was on spring break."
On what would have been her son's 20th birthday, Gayane Oganyan is in mourning.
"Please, if you heard anything, if you have any information, please report it to the police department," said Oganyan.
At a news conference Thursday, Oganyan pleaded for the public's help in catching her son's killers.
"Just want justice, not only for my son but for future victims," said Oganyan.
Police say 19-year-old Haik Oganyan was leaving a party at a house in Winnetka. It was midnight Saturday night when he and his friend were accosted by three young men who demanded their wallets.
"Our victims complied," said LAPD Det. Mike Fesperman. "At that time the suspects started hitting them with their fists."
Haik's friend managed to break free and run back to the house, but Haik was stabbed in the neck and died a short time later at a local hospital.
"As you can tell ... this is a very tragic day for them and we are doing our best to get these suspects and bring them into custody," said Det. Fesperman.
Police describe the killer as a Hispanic male armed with a knife. The suspect had a shaved head, a goatee, and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. Detectives have no suspects and are asking for the public's help.
"The only witness we have to this crime right now is our surviving victim," said Det. Fesperman.
If you have relevant information you are asked to call LAPD detectives at tge Devonshire Division at (818) 832-0609.
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