A violent stabbing in the South Bay remains a mystery even to the Eastlake family who lives in the home where the altercation took place.
Chula Vista Police homicide investigators described the incident as a "violent struggle" that took place around 6 p.m. Tuesday on Cielo Circulo near the reservoir and the Olympic Training Center.
Witnesses say Carlos Guitierrez was chased down and stabbed to death while trying to escape his attacker by running into a neighbor's home.
There were multiple locations outside where the victim was stabbed. The attack apparently began outside of a garage.
Guitierrez ran from his attacker and tried to seek refuge in a home of people he didn't know. His attacker followed him, straddled him and stabbed him to death, investigators told NBC 7.
A neighbor's son saw the entire attack. The boy's parents took him to therapy Wednesday because the child was so shaken up over what he witnessed.
Nayeli Guitierrez and her family were in limbo for most of the day Wednesday. They gathered to burn sage outside the condo not knowing if Carlos was the victim or the suspect.
“My brother is the most calm person,” Nayeli told NBC 7. “He rarely raises his voice.”
“He'll probably tell me to calm down before he gets angry,” she added.
The family said they weren't certain of Carlos's death until nearly 24 hours after the attack because some misinformation was distributed via police about the names of the two people involved.
Officials initially identified the suspect as Carlos Orozco but later corrected that information and named Saul Orozco as the suspect in custody.
The Guitierrez family says Saul was Carlos' friend who attended Otay Ranch High School.
Nayeli said her brother's attacker likely "lost his mind."
Orozco was hospitalized Wednesday with what officials described as self-inflicted stab wounds and a dog bite from a police dog.
Once he is released from the hospital, he will likely be arraigned on a murder charge, police said.
No motive has been given for the attack.