USC Fraternity Student Who Killed Homeless Man on Campus Won’t Face Charges

USC Fraternity Student Who Killed Homeless Man on Campus Won't Face Charges
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In a con­tro­ver­sial deci­sion, a Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia (USC) fra­ter­ni­ty stu­dent who fatal­ly stabbed a home­less man on the school’s Greek Row will not face any charges. Author­i­ties have deter­mined that the stu­dent, Ivan Gal­le­gos, act­ed in self-defense.

The inci­dent occurred on June 17 when Gal­le­gos, a 19-year-old busi­ness stu­dent, encoun­tered the home­less man, 27-year-old Xavier Cerf, near a parked car belong­ing to one of Gal­le­gos’ fra­ter­ni­ty broth­ers. Accord­ing to the charge eval­u­a­tion doc­u­ment released by the Los Ange­les Coun­ty Dis­trict Attor­ney’s Office, Cerf was seen on secu­ri­ty cam­era footage enter­ing the vehicle.

When Gal­le­gos and two oth­ers, one of whom was car­ry­ing a large wood­en stick, went to inves­ti­gate, Cerf alleged­ly refused to get out of the car and claimed the vehi­cle was “call­ing him” and “had his name.” Moments lat­er, Cerf opened the door and told Gal­le­gos he had a gun, reach­ing for his waist.

Gal­le­gos then grabbed Cer­f’s hands and stabbed him in the chest. A strug­gle ensued, and Cerf was stabbed three more times, ulti­mate­ly dying at the scene. Gal­le­gos claimed he act­ed in self-defense, and author­i­ties con­firmed that no firearm was found on Cerf.

Despite the trag­ic out­come, the Los Ange­les Coun­ty Dis­trict Attor­ney’s Office declined to file charges against Gal­le­gos, stat­ing that “we believe that Mr. Gal­legos’s actions were dri­ven by a gen­uine fear for his life and the lives of others.”

The deci­sion has sparked sig­nif­i­cant con­tro­ver­sy, with many ques­tion­ing the jus­tice sys­tem’s treat­ment of home­less indi­vid­u­als and the poten­tial bias­es that may have influ­enced the out­come. Cer­f’s moth­er, Yema Jones, expressed her grief and con­fu­sion, say­ing, “You took my son. You took my baby. You took my baby.”

Gal­le­gos, who is a mem­ber of the Delta Tau Delta fra­ter­ni­ty, was pro­filed by USC’s Annen­berg Media just last month, where he described his pas­sion for music and his chal­leng­ing upbring­ing in East Los Ange­les. The report not­ed that Gal­le­gos “nav­i­gat­ed the real­i­ties of both his par­ents’ involve­ment in gang activ­i­ties, lead­ing to their inter­mit­tent incarceration.”

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