A 15-year-old boy who was stabbed by four other teenagers remained in stable condition Wednesday morning at the Broward Health Medical Center.
The teenager, identified by family as Jahfari Dixon, was attacked and stabbed in the 2900 block of Northwest 56th Avenue about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
"He's pretty much doing fine right now. He's stable. We are just hoping for the best," said Delthia Pittman, Dixon's aunt. "His mom is keeping his spirits up and she's got a lot of praying family members that are around her, that are supporting her."
Detectives said they believe the stabbing was the result of a prior altercation at school. Some classmates speculated that it was over a girl.
"I think they were fighting over a girl and they just started stabbing him," said Brandon Singletary.
Dixon's family said the 10th grader at Boyd Anderson High School had been trying to protect a younger cousin from being harassed by older former students after school.
"I don't think it's over a girl. If it's anything, he's probably protecting his cousin," said Pittman. "If it's a girl, it's probably a family member. It's not a girlfriend."
The family told Local 10 they believe the older boys eventually went after him Tuesday when he was walking to a family party in Lauderhill.
"They just came out of nowhere and just hit us," said Jahni, Dixon's twin brother.
Jahni said his brother was stabbed in the back and in his side before he collapsed in his arms.
"They tried to take his life, but they couldn't take his life because God got him. He's still breathing," said Alasia Dixon, the boy's mother.
Classmates at Boyd Anderson High School learned what happened Wednesday.
"My mom called me yesterday and let me know that there was a stabbing in Lauderhill but I didn't know it was him," said Malik Fortune. "This is just crazy. This madness needs to stop."
"He's a good child. He doesn't really mess with nobody," said Jazmin Mansfield.
Detectives said the attackers ran west into an apartment complex. They remain at large.