Immokalee Road and 47th Avenue NE
COMPLETE COVERAGE: DYLAN NUNO / JORGE SAAVEDRA
- March 14, 2011: Golden Gate Estates teen Jorge Saavedra arraigned in unrelated case
- March 1, 2011: Suspect in bus stop stabbing death out of detention while awaiting trial
- March 1, 2011: Next court hearing this afternoon in Collier school bus stop stabbing case
- Feb. 23, 2011: Teen will be tried as juvenile in stabbing death of Palmetto Ridge classmate
- Feb. 23, 2011: Case postponed against teen accused of stabbing fellow Palmetto Ridge High student
- Feb. 14: Arraignment for teens accused in separate homicides postponed
- Jan. 31, 2011: Donald Day to represent student charged with school bus stop stabbing
- Jan. 29, 2011: Hundreds remember slain Palmetto Ridge teen Dylan Nuno
- Jan. 27, 2011: Taunts, insults posted on Facebook pages created for stabbing victim
- Jan. 27, 2011: Substitute drove bus that dropped off students involved in fatal stabbing
- Jan. 26, 2011: Memorial service for slain Palmetto Ridge student draws hundreds of teens
- Jan. 25, 2011: Witnesses describe stabbing death of Palmetto Ridge student and history that led to it
- Jan. 25, 2011: Witnesses: Bullying may have sparked deadly bus stop stabbing
- Jan. 25, 2011: 14-year-old held on manslaughter charge in stabbing death of Palmetto Ridge High classmate
- Jan. 24, 2011 (second story): Palmetto Ridge High student stabbed to death after getting off school bus
- Jan. 24, 2011 (first story): Palmetto Ridge student stabbed after getting off school bus
- Menor de 14 arrestado por cargo de homicidio al apuñalar a compañero de clase de Palmetto Ridge High
- March 1, 2011: Saavedra put on house arrest with mother in Miami
- Jan. 29, 2011: Candlelight vigil for Dylan Nuno at Max Hasse park
- Jan. 26, 2011: Dylan Nuno Memorial Service
- Jan. 25, 2011: Jorge Saavedra makes first court appearance
- Jan. 24, 2011: On the ground; stabbing investigation continues
- Jan. 24, 2011: School bus stabbing in Estates
- Photos of Dylan Nuno
- Jan. 25, 2011: Students react to stabbing death
- Jan. 24, 2011: RAW VIDEO - Students exit bus after stabbing
- My Thoughts Exactly by Annette Kniola: Red Flags in Stabbing Death
- My Thoughts Exactly by Annette Kniola: Estates Once Again -"In Shock"
- Jan. 25, 2011: Editorial: Tragic destruction of young lives ...
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NAPLES — Moises Gutierrez expected to see a fist fight when he exited his school bus on Monday.
He instead witnessed a knifing and the slow death of a close friend, he said.
“He was coughing up blood,” Gutierrez, 17, recalled on Tuesday. “It was horrible. To lose your friend, it’s horrible.”
One day after a fight outside a school bus stop ended with the stabbing death of one student and the arrest of another, witnesses described a pair of teenagers with a shared dislike of one another and a bus ride home that built to confrontation.
Some described the victim as the aggressor. Others suggested the two students, both at Palmetto Ridge High School, arranged the fight.
“People were just pushing it to happen, and it just happened, and they got off the bus,” sophomore Niambi Gutierrez, 16, brother of Moises Gutierrez, said.
Questions remained as to the role of the bus driver, who allowed the students to exit at a stop well before their homes. Reports state the driver caught word of the planned fight as participants exited his bus. Only after doubling back past the stop did he discover the outcome.
Sophomore Dylan Nuno, 16, suffered multiple stab wounds at a confrontation that occurred on the shoulder of 47th Avenue NE, by a home just east of 10th Street NE. Deputies say his alleged killer, Jorge Saavedra, 14, a freshman at the school, stabbed Nuno in the abdomen with a knife before fleeing into a nearby stand of woods.
Deputies located a blood-soaked Saavedra shortly after, and they later arrested him on an aggravated manslaughter charge. They have yet to recover the knife.
Tuesday morning, Collier Circuit Judge Lauren Brodie ordered the teenager held in juvenile detention for 21 days before arraignment. Thin, with a shock of black hair, Saavedra showed little emotion during the brief hearing. His parents stood by their son, and they later declined comment.
In reports, Collier detectives describe a fight in which few, if any, witnesses were aware Saavedra was armed. Nuno delivered the first blows, the report states, after which Saavedra appeared to punch his adversary in the stomach. Nuno then ran a few feet and collapsed.
“As Mr. Nuno fell to the ground he was heard saying something about being stabbed,” the report states.
Saavedra crossed 10th Street to the south and fled toward the woods, and witnesses saw a bloody knife in his hand, they told detectives.
Ruben Cervantes, 17, a student at Beacon High School who was nearby at the time of the fight, said he saw Saavedra stab Nuno four times in his torso.
“They were fighting and (Saavedra) pulled out a knife,” Cervantes told a reporter. “I saw Dylan fall on the floor. He was stabbed.”
Nuno, a sophomore at Palmetto Ridge and a recent transfer from Lely High School, lived with his father on 12th Street NE. Described as energetic and something of a class clown, Nuno was athletic and involved in sports like wrestling and Jiu Jitsu.
Lely High wrestling coach Tige Thompson recalled Nuno as a promising athlete held back by academic problems in his freshman year. Wrestling in a 119 or 125 pound weight class, Nuno was good on the ground, Thompson said, and very competitive.
“He would get extremely upset if he lost,” he said.
Nuno lost his team eligibility after a semester of poor grades, Thompson said, and he left Lely soon after. The coach described Nuno as somewhat typical for his age, with an attention span that diverted easily from one activity to another.
Nuno’s father, Renier Nuno, is a Jiu Jitsu teacher, Thompson said, and state records show he operates a business out of his home, RN Custom Closets & Glass, Inc. Reached in his driveway on Tuesday, Renier Nuno would only say his son “didn’t have any police record.”
“He was just a kid,” he said.
A woman who answered a phone number given on Saavedra’s booking report and identified herself as his sister described the teenager as “a good kid” who liked to hang out with friends and go to basketball games.
Caridad Valdes, 21, who lives next door to Saavedra, had positive words about her neighbor.
“He’s a quiet kid,” Valdes said. “The family is a good family. They’re just real quiet. He had friends that came over once in a while. Never any issues.”
Yet Valdes heard that Saavedra was being picked on at Palmetto Ridge, to the point he was reluctant to attend the school.
Collier County deputies arrested Saavedra on Dec. 9 after his mother reported he refused to go to school, according to an incident report. After being escorted to the high school, Saavedra walked away and then physically struggled with a deputy, reports say. The charge, resisting an officer with violence, was dropped days later.
Several who rode the bus with Saavedra also said he was picked on at the school, and sometimes on the bus.
Niambi Gutierrez said the bullying wasn’t physical or especially intense, but that it was “over and over.”
“He seemed to brush it off anytime it did happen,” she said.
Her brother, Moises Gutierrez, said the two boys had prior run-ins, and he pinned their differences on “petty stuff.” He said they threw paper balls at one another on the bus.
Adriana Rodriguez, 14, a freshman, said Nuno and his friends sometimes called Saavedra names and threw crumpled balls of paper at him. Saavedra often took it in stride, she said, but he sometimes grew angry.
Monday, Rodriguez was seated several rows in front of Nuno on the bus when she heard talk of a fight, she recalled. Nuno and a friend taunted Saavedra, who sat in the back and tried to ignore them, she said. She said that Nuno and his friends followed Saavedra off the bus at 10th Street NE.
Freshman Seleni Rodriguez, 14, also said Saavedra didn’t want to fight. Yet she expected something — Rodriguez said she exited the bus at 10th Street N.E., several blocks down from her normal stop.
Why the boys exited at the stop remains unclear. Saavedra lives on 20th Street; Nuno’s home is on 12th Street.
Moises Gutierrez said the fight was actually arranged on the bus, with both students agreeing to exit at the stop.
“They were ready to fight,” he said. “No one thought anyone would pull out a knife.”
Tuesday, Palmetto Ridge High School Principal Mary Murray sent a letter home with all students, informing parents of the death and arrest.
Murray reassured parents their children were safe, and she wrote that school officials visited the classrooms of both students to explain what happened and to offer counseling services.
The Collier County School District currently does not have metal detectors in its schools, but district officials said Tuesday staff is “attentive to the importance of reviewing our procedures to ensure the health, safety and security of our students and staff.”
District officials declined further comment on the incident, except to say that the loss was “tragic and saddens all of us.”
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the students involved,” district officials released in a statement.
Saavedra is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 14, when prosecutors will charge him as either an adult or a juvenile. Aggravated manslaughter is a first-degree felony punishable by a maximum 30 years in prison and a $15,000 fine if the defendant is charged as an adult.