A suspect is in custody following a person was fatally stabbed Wednesday outdoors of an condominium creating the place he was working as a janitor in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood, officers stated.

The incident transpired at all-around 2:30 p.m. at the Park La Brea apartment elaborate on Third Avenue, when a 50-year-old man working there was approached by a guy attempting to break into the setting up, in accordance to the Los Angeles Law enforcement Section.

The victim was recognized as Tomas Mejia by the union SEIU – United Services Staff West, who reported he worked as a janitor.

The intruder stabbed Mejia numerous moments then fled on foot, in accordance to police. Mejia was pronounced lifeless at the scene, officials said. 

The suspect, explained as a white 17-12 months-old boy, was afterwards taken into custody, police reported.

Mejia arrived to the U.S. from El Salvador and served on the govt board of SEIU – United Company Workers West for 25 years, in accordance to a statement from the union.

“I am devastated since we misplaced a authentic and authentic voice that has been silenced by an act of violence,” the statement from the SEIU explained. “His spirit of combating for many others will are living through all of us that he has touched more than the several years. Prolonged are living Tomas Mejia, warrior, mate, leader, husband and father.”

Mejia was a peer-to-peer advocate in the Ya Basta Center, also acknowledged as a Compadre, and fought against patriarchy, sexual violence, domestic violence, and the hazards that immigrant staff facial area on the night time shift as janitors, the SEIU said.

He leaves powering a wife and household, for whom he was the major company, the union mentioned.

Mejia’s cousin, David Mejia, claims he was these kinds of a joker and would unfold joy through the full relatives.

“He would wander in and give off a vivid light-weight, a good sensation to have that existence with him,” David Mejia claimed in Spanish.

A vigil in honor of Mejia was held on Thursday, and a GoFundMe site was set up, raising extra than $39,000 as of Friday afternoon.