Homeless man killed while vandalizing cars outside USC frat house has been identified

Coroner’s officials have identified the man who was stabbed during an altercation over alleged breaking into cars on USC’s Greek Row in Los Angeles Monday night.

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 8:15 p.m.


Authorities said Cerf, who is believed to be homeless, got into a fight with 19-year-old USC business student Ivan Gallegos after Gallegos and his two friends spotted Cerf burglarizing cars.

USC frat stabbing
Deadly stabbing at USC's Greek Row

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

Cerf was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gallegos remained at the scene and told investigators he acted in self-defense and that Cerf had told him he had 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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