BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A former West High School student-athlete was stabbed during a fight in a parking lot in Southwest Bakersfield.
According to BPD, on Sunday, February 2 around 1:10 a.m., BPD responded to a report of a stabbing in the 7400 block of District Boulevard in Southwest Bakersfield. BPD says 18-year-old Aaran Porter was involved in a "large fight" in the parking lot and was stabbed. Porter suffered major injuries.
Bakersfield College has released a statement on the situation.
Renegade Athletics is saddened to hear of the tragic events involving one of our football student athletes, Aaron Porter, this last week. Aaron was a freshman redshirt offensive lineman on the Renegade football team."
Our continued thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends throughout the community. Aaron's character was always exemplary and his influence was profound. Coaches referred to him as the 'Gentle Giant'. He was well liked and left a positive impact with all he encountered.
"It's a tragedy - too young, too much life ahead." commented head football coach Jeff Chudy, "I will always think of Aaron as an upbeat kid with a great smile. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
BPD says detectives identified 24-year-old Jeremiah Langston, 21-year-old Donnie Nolen, 21-year-old Armani Bonner, 19-year-old Isaiah Starns, and 34-year-old Marcus Harris as being involved in the fight. Detectives obtained arrest warrants for the five listed for attempted murder, conspiracy, and gang participation.
On Thursday, February 7, BPD says detectives located Harris and arrested him on the warrant.
BPD says Langston was already in the custody of the Kern County Sheriff's Office for an unrelated charge. He was arrested on the warrant.
The Bakersfield Police Department is still searching for Bonner, Starns, and Nolen.
According to West High School's Athletic Director Scott Davisson, Porter competed in both football and basketball for West High School.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Keith Cason at (661) 326-3868 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.