Murder Investigation at Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line Station

The Gold Line is operating under normal schedule; however, the Duarte Gold Line Station will continue to remain closed for an unspecified amount of time. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Originally published Nov. 28 @3:43 p.m. / Last updated Nov. 28 @10:19 a.m.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate the stabbing of a male victim onboard a Metro Gold Line train in Irwindale. For unknown reasons, the train was moved to Duarte to initiate the investigation. No road closures are in place around the Duarte Station located at the corner of Highland Avenue and Duarte Road. Additionally, the Gold Line is operating under normal schedule. However, the Duarte Gold Line Station will continue to remain closed for an unspecified amount of time.

Irwindale police originally received a call at 11:30 a.m. about a stabbing at the train station. L.A. County fire treated the male victim at the Duarte station, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The person’s age and name is currently unknown. A man who may possibly be the suspect in the murder has been arrested.

UPDATE: Nov. 29 @10:19 a.m.

Los Angeles County Coroner confirms that 62 year old Xuezhong Bao of Azusa was the victim of Tuesday’s Gold Line murder.

According to Metro Rider Alerts, Gold Line trains have resumed regular schedule as the incident was cleared.


  1. I work for LA County Dept. of Mental Health, so I am acutely aware of the homeless/mentally ill problem in LA County. I have been riding the Metro for two years to downtown Hell-A, and initially, the trains were fairly clean, and patrolled by on-board security. Now, no one is patrolling the trains, many people hop on and ride for free (making it feel like I am funding their free rides,) with no consequence, and the homeless are allowed to use the trains as shelters. Yes, it is a symptom of a larger problem, but I can tell you from experience working with the severely mentally ill, that Schizophrenics who are un-medicated and hearing voices, can hear disparaging voices that can be experienced by them as coming from some random stranger. I’m not saying 100% that this is what happened in this case, but it does happen, and can prompt unprovoked attacks on innocent people. At Monrovia station, early in the mornings, there are young guys hanging out and riding around on bicycles, and it’s pretty obvious to me, they are using the train station as a base for dealing drugs. And there is no one patrolling the stations early in the mornings. I have now decided to stop taking the Metro, and to get back into my car and drive to work every day. It’s unfortunate and sad, that a Metro system, which was supposed to help unclog the streets and freeways of commuter cars has now become so dangerous, dirty and un-rideable, that people like me are going to be choosing to drive to work again.


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