A 16-year-old student in the central province of Binh Dinh was stabbed to death by his peers on Friday after he was mistaken for the love rival of another schoolboy.
At 11:30 a.m., Hoang Viet Quang, a tenth-grade student at Nguyen Thai Hoc High School, was walking by Dong Da Secondary School in Quy Nhon Town when he was suddenly attacked by a group of nine students.
15-year-old Nguyen Quoc Cuong, a member of the gang, knifed Quang to death.
The group fled the scene on motorbikes but four of them were apprehended by residents and the police soon after.
Cuong told the police his group, including 15-year-old Phan Hoai Hao, decided to teach Bui Le Lam Dong a lesson because he was dating with Hao's girlfriend. However, the group mistook Quang for Dong, according to Cuong.
Cuong, Hao, and most of other boys in the group are students of Tay Son Secondary School. Dong is also studying at the school.
Quang died of bloodloss not long after being admitted to the Binh Dinh Province General Hospital.