by Photo courtesy of San Diego Sheriffs Department

An organization called for an anti-racism protest on Saturday night in East County after the San Diego Sheriffs Department arrested a second teenager suspected of being linked to the stabbing of on a 16-year-old Black girl.

Around midnight on April 16, a group of teenagers shouted racist slurs and stabbed a 16-year-old Black girl twice in the back, according to the sheriff's department. She was hospitalized. 

Two days later, sheriff's deputies arrested a 16-year-old on hate crime charges and attempted murder.

On Friday, a 15-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of that assault.

"Based on new information and witness statements in the ongoing investigation, sheriff's detectives have discovered that the 15-year-old female suspect had a larger role in the attack than initially believed," the sheriff told Chula Vista Today.

Authorities consider the attack as a hate crime. 

"The Sheriff's Department does not condone hate or acts of bigotry. We are a county that welcomes people of all backgrounds; we treat all hate crime reports and incidents seriously," the Sheriffs Department said. 

Deputy Sheriff Kelly Martinez said, "We do not tolerate hate in our communities. We commend the work of the Lakeside Sheriff's Substation for their diligent investigation and helping to bring justice to the victim and her family."

Activists organizing the protest on Saturday night say three adults were also present on the night of the attack, and the adolescents arrested until now.

The protest will be at the corner of Ashwood and Mapleview at 6 p.m.

The sheriff has not released the identities of the victim and the arrested suspects because they are minors.

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