Boys Found Fatally Stabbed in South L.A. Had Been Subject of Several Abuse Investigations

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People gathered at the crime scene Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, to mourn the death of three brothers. Those who gathered placed flowers, candles and food including Cheez-Its and Doritos — the children’s favorite snacks — on the sidewalk. (Credit: Christina House / for the Los Angeles Times)

Maria Alcantar sat on her front stoop on Friday afternoon as beans boiled inside her South Los Angeles home. They would be served at a vigil for three young neighborhood boys stabbed to death, allegedly by their father.

“We’re all just confused,” she said.

Ever since Luis Fuentes’ wife died in 2008, he had been plagued by depression, say those who know him. Family tried to distract him by taking him to the beach and inviting him to barbecues, but nothing seemed to work, relatives said.

Three young brothers  are remembered after being found stabbed to death inside a vehicle in South L.A. on Sept. 9, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Three young brothers are remembered after being found stabbed to death inside a vehicle in South L.A. on Sept. 9, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

And nothing prepared his family and friends for the news that swept through their circles on Wednesday morning when the three sons Fuentes had fathered with his now-deceased wife were found fatally stabbed in the back seat of a silver SUV.

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