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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — An Oceanside teen who died from a stabbing Tuesday in North County was identified by police, authorities said.

Justin Ferguson, 16, was announced as the deceased, Oceanside police spokesperson Jennifer Atenza stated in a news release Wednesday.

The stabbing occurred around 5 p.m. at 4300 Mesa Drive in a parking lot next to Martin Luther King Jr. Park, according to police.

Authorities found Ferguson near Mesa Drive and Cinnamon Way after he was driven to that area by an acquaintance, Atenza said. The victim, suffering from life-threatening stab wounds to his chest, was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

A male minor was identified and arrested as a suspect in the murder of Ferguson.

Police say Ferguson was a student at Surfside Educational Academy.

“I was horrified,” parkgoer and parent Brianne Russel said.

Russel brought a bouquet of flowers to leave in honor of the 16-year-old’s death.

“This is my community park,” Russel said. “Just feeling for a mom and a family that didn’t have a child to send to school today. Just really, really breaks my heart.”

Atenza says the stabbing was an isolated incident.

“We don’t believe there to be an active threat to public safety. We hope that bringing a suspect into custody today gives some sort of peace of mind to our residents and to the kids that use that park every day,” Atenza said.

Surfside Academy released a statement in part saying:

“We are saddened by the loss to our school community. Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our student.”

The school says it will offer counseling and bereavement support services to all of the students and staff.

Oceanside Police Department Crimes of Violence Detectives ask that if you have any information to provide regarding this incident, to please contact Detective VandenBerg at (760) 435-4237 or email

FOX 5’s Liberty Zabala contributed to this story.