Former Monrovia running back De’Shawn Ramirez stabbed in the neck at a Monrovia party Friday night.

We’ve now learned that De’Shawn Ramirez, the former football star who was working his way back to playing football at Monrovia High School, was the person stabbed in the neck during a fight outside a house party late Friday, according to a school source.

Ramirez, who did not suffer life- threatening wounds, was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital the night of the incident. Eric Diaz, 19, of West Covina was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder after stabbing the victim in the neck, Monrovia police Sgt. Mike Head said.

Ramirez was stabbed in the 100 block of Montana Street, just west of Myrtle Avenue.

“Officers responded to a call of several subjects fighting at a residential party, and one person was reported to be stabbed,” Head said.

Officers found several people loitering in the street, police said, and the wounded young man suffering from a stab wound to his neck.

Monrovia police and other local law enforcement agencies set up a search perimeter and found Diaz about three blocks away from the scene of the stabbing, Head said.

According to sheriff’s booking records, Diaz was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Monrovia Police Department’s jail and was due for arraignment Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court.

Ramirez, the elusive running back who dazzled fans with his speed, is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back/safety who as a sophomore became one of the Valley’s best running backs. In his only varsity season with the Wildcats, Ramirez rushed for 851 yards on 104 carries and scored 10 touchdowns. He broke for runs of 59, 21, 62, 80, 22, 68, 39 and 24 yards, en route to an 8.1 yards average per carry. Ramirez also caught three passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He was just as dangerous on special teams, with five kickoff returns amassing 300 yards.

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  • sho nuff

    My thoughts and prayers go out to De’Shawn and his family. From what I heard, he was not directly involved in this fight which occured in close proximity to where he resides. De’Shawn left his house to retrieve a close friend or relative was at the party. He was stabbed in the back of the neck as he was exiting the party on his way back home.

  • Observantcat

    To clear up things about De’Shawn and this awful story, He was not part of any fight he was just a victim who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There was a fight amongst 2 hispanic females in which DeShawn happened to be near as one of the party goers from the West Covina area decided to pull a weapon and begin stabbing him for no reason in the neck area. He is in no danger of recovery and will be attending Monrovia High School and making the best of his talents on the football field. I hope he uses this as a tool to divert himself away from the loosers that want to bring him down. He has a very bright future ahead of him if he so chooses to make himself available to all that truly want to help him escape the street madness that surrounds him. I hope that this is the end of the many racial involved incidents that have been plaging the San Gabriel Valley for the past few years. GET WELL DE’SHAWN, YOU ARE BORN TO BE A WINNER, HELP WRITE YOUR LEGACY IN THE MOST POSITIVE WAY