An 18-year-old Ascension Parish man was stabbed to death by a teen when he went to pick up a friend in Gonzales Saturday before going to the St. Amant High School homecoming dance, authorities said.
Todd Toups Jr., a student at St. Amant High, was stabbed by the teen when he stopped by a residence at Cobb’s Trailer Park on Roddy Road shortly before 4 p.m. to visit a friend he planned to go to the dance with that evening, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said in a news release.
The Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as a 16-year-old Baton Rouge boy who had recently transferred from St. Amant High School to Woodlawn High School. He had come to the same residence on Roddy Road to visit a different friend, the release says.
Toups and the boy began to argue, at which point the boy stabbed Toups, the release says. Toups was taken in critical condition to a Baton Rouge hospital, where he later died, the release says.
The boy was arrested on a count of second-degree murder and was transported to Assumption Youth Detention Center with no bond, the release says.
Ascension Parish schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol issued a statement late Saturday on the student’s slaying
“Our hearts are heavy tonight as we learn of the death of St. Amant High School senior Todd ‘T.J.’ Toups, Jr.,” Pujol said. “We are keeping his family, friends, and the entire St. Amant community in our thoughts and prayers. Counselors will be made available to students and staff during the fall break holiday and when they return to school next week to help cope with this tragedy.”