by: David F. Ashton AMR paramedics prepare to transport the stabbing victim, identified as Salvador Ramirez.

There was no school, at Whitman Elementary School at 7326 S.E. Flavel Street, on November 25 - the day after Thanksgiving. But a couple of suspected gang-related teenagers hoped the building would hide their activities in the school's darkened, southerly playfield.

Officials aren't saying what might have led up to their subsequent dispute, but according to witnesses at the scene, one of the teenagers came staggering west from the school and ended up staggering through the doors of KC's Mini Market, at S.E. 72nd Avenue and Flavel Street.

'There was blood all over him,' recalled Elsie Sanchez, who said she watched the young man go into the store. 'It looked like he had lots of stab wounds in his neck and maybe down his back.'

'Information developed by officers at the scene suggests that this is a gang-related stabbing,' later confirmed Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Lt. Robert King.

And we obtained information that indicated that the two youths knew one another.

By 6:20 pm, PPB East Precinct officers and members of the Gang Violence Reduction Team swarmed the area, looking for the suspect, who was believed to live not far west of the intersection where the victim was located.

The stabbing victim, later identified as 16-year-old Salvador Ramirez, was loaded into an ambulance. 'He was suffering from what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, and was transported to an area hospital,' King confirmed.

By 8 pm, police had cordoned off an entire block, from S.E. 71st to 72nd Avenues, along S.E. Flavel, as officers waited for the suspect to return home.

Later that evening, authorities arrested the suspected knifeman. '16-year-old Louie Aguilar was charged with a Measure 11 Assault and booked at JDH,' King said. 'Ramirez is recovering at an area hospital following surgery.'

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