Los Angeles police have arrested a 17-year-old exchange student from South Korea in connection with a schoolyard fight in Sylmar that left a 19-year-old friend dead.
The exchange student, who was not identified because of his age, was arrested on suspicion of assault after Jin Su Lee, also an exchange student from South Korea, died of head injuries after the two exchanged blows at First Lutheran High School in Sylmar.
A law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said initial indications show that Lee started the fight, and the 17-year-old responded with a few blows about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday during a physical education class on the football field.
Lee collapsed and suffered a brain injury. He initially was taken to Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar before being transferred to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he died of his injuries Thursday.