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.