Jesse Shockey
Jesse Shockey

[UPDATED with Motive Revealed Online:] Dylan James Austin, 2011 OC Homicide No. 66: Quiet Park, Loud Commotion, Stabbing Death

UPDATE, JAN. 5, 4:50 P.M.: Police and prosecutors have not officially divulged what Jesse Shockey and Dylan James Austin were arguing about before 16-year-old Shockey allegedly stabbed 19-year-old Austin to death last month.

But Flickr has.

The photo sharing site includes this item that claims Austin and Shockey fought in Huntington Beach's Lake View Park because the murder victim was upset the suspect and his crew had been tagging in Austin's nice neighborhood.

The disclosure has led to some back-and-forth (albeit spelling- and grammatically challenged) comments regarding graffiti vandals.

For instance:

BOSTON GEORGE 54: thiss graff shit's sweet like liqurishh, butt dangerous like syphilous .. keep your head rightt..graff or die.. REST IN PEACEE..

TheOneAndOnly523: Graff shit is wack to much stabings nd gettin killed for shit like why not just scrap or battle fuckin graff beef is really lame

Flosstronomous: Graf shits dangerous? Thats bullshit. Stabbed to death for telling some little faggot toys to stop hitting his neighborhood? Thats fucking bullshit. What happened to the art, now its all about who can pretend to be the hardest. Your all fucking losers if you cant show respect. And its that exact lack of respect that gives graf such a bad name in huntington. When are you toys gunna learn. Stabbing a boy just before he becomes a man is not part of graf. If thats graff, im out.

TheOneAndOnly523: Stabing and shoting shouldn't be part of graff and taking someones life ain't cool over this graff shit fuck all the lames and shoters and stabers what's the point?

Thrift store bandit: your actually right for once haha, fuck getting stabbed or killed for it, thats like stabbing a fool in art class just cause he doesnt like your drawing... taking random lives aint cool.

The Orange County District Attorney's office previously announced that--sweet like liqurishh or not--Shockey will be tried as an adult for murder.

UPDATE, DEC. 27, 3:25 P.M.: An Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement on the charges against the suspected murderer of Huntington Beach's Dylan James Austin, 19, identifies him as Jesse Shockey, 16, of Garden Grove.

The OCDA also reveals Shockey will be tried as an adult on one felony count of murder and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.

If convicted, Shockey faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. He is currently being held in lieu of $1 million bail as he awaits continued arraignment on Jan. 17 in Santa Ana.

On Wednesday, Austin was stabbed to death in Huntington Beach's Lake View Park. According to the OCDA statement, Austin had argued with Shockey in the same park about two weeks before the slaying.

Suspect Jesse Shockey
Suspect Jesse Shockey
Courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department

Shockey and Austin had friends with them when they again got into an argument in the park last Wednesday when, around 9:40 p.m., a physical fight escalated with Shockey allegedly taking out a knife and stabbing Austin one time in the chest before the accused attacker and his co-horts scattered.

The Huntington Beach Police Department investigation continues, and anyone with information that can help is asked to contact Detective Patrick Ellis at 714.536.2895 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at 714.347.8492.

UPDATE, DEC. 22, 5:35 P.M.: The 19-year-old Huntington Beach man stabbed to death last night at Lark View Park has been identified as Dylan James Austin.

While police initially detained two adults and two teens this morning in connection with the homicide, only a 16-year-old boy is now being held for Austin's murder.

UPDATE, DEC. 22, 5:28 P.M.: Thanks partly to descriptions provided to Huntington Beach police officers responding to last night's stabbing death of a 19-year-old man at Lark View Park, detectives at 10:30 this morning stopped a car near Garden Grove Boulevard and Gilbert Avenue in Garden Grove and arrested two adults and two juveniles in connection with the murder.

A bloody knife believed to have been used in the crime was also recovered, according to the HBPD Facebook page, which adds there are no known suspects outstanding

The dead teen was identified as a Huntington Beach resident. While his next of kin have been notified, police are still withholding his name as part of the "active investigation," the agency notes.

ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 22, 10:49 A.M.: Residents of the 17000 block of Fraser Lane, a nice and quiet neighborhood in Huntington Beach, heard loud noises coming from adjacent Lake View Park around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Those who went there to investigate found only a young man--on the ground bleeding to death.

Among those who checked him out was a nurse who discovered multiple stab wounds to his torso. Identified only as a young man, he was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information that can help homicide investigators is asked to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at 714.960.8811.

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