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3 Teenagers Indicted in Glendale Slaying

August 25, 2000

GLENDALE — Three teenagers have been indicted for murder in the stabbing and clubbing death of 17-year-old Raul Aguirre, a Glendale high school student, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

Prosecutors secured an indictment from the Los Angeles County Grand Jury accusing 18-year-old Karen Terteryan of Glendale, 15-year-old Rafael Gevorgyan of North Hollywood and 14-year-old Anait Ano Mysran of Los Angeles of killing Aguirre in a May 5 fight in front of Hoover High School in Glendale.

The two male defendants, Terteryan and Gevorgyan, were also charged with the special circumstance of killing to further the activities of a street gang. Police said Aguirre, a senior at Hoover, was not in a gang.

The slaying, which occurred after school in front of a crowd of students, highlighted long-simmering tensions between Armenian Americans and Latinos in Glendale, according to police. Police have said the two boys, both alleged members of an Armenian American street gang, attacked Aguirre with a pocketknife and a tire iron after he tried to break up a fight the youths had picked with another Latino boy. Terteryan's girlfriend allegedly drove her co-defendants to the school.

Because of their ages when the crime was committed, the maximum sentence the boys face is life in prison without the possibility of parole. Msyran faces a minimum sentence of 25 years to life if convicted of murder.

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