Tulare teen dies two months after stabbing

TULARE, Calif.

Tulare police are not saying much about the case, but since Bryson died so long after he was attacked investigators are waiting for autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death.

Bryson's family says regardless of the legal cause of death, he would still be alive if he had never been stabbed.

Surrounded by friends and family, Tino Ochoa sat down with Action News to share the painful story of slowly losing his son.

Bryson was the second of four boys. He was stabbed in the chest during a fight outside a gas station in Tulare.

The stabbing happened more than two months ago, just two days before his 18th birthday.

His father tells Action News the single stab wound pierced Bryson's heart. "I just don't wish this on [any] body, to lose a baby," Tino Ochoa said.

Ochoa and his family had spent months visiting Bryson at hospitals in Fresno and Southern California. Ochoa said Bryson loved to joke and make people laugh. And like the rest of his family, he loved football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It's hard to fathom... I don't know how it's going to be."

Thursday afternoon, Ochoa received a call from the hospital in southern California; Bryson's organs began shutting down. By Saturday morning the young athlete was gone. "I [want] know who this guy is who done this to my son," Tino said. "Just come clean and let us rest."

An autopsy was completed Wednesday, which will determine whether Bryson's stab wound caused his death. Meanwhile, the boy's family has planned a softball tournament in Bryson's honor, and to help pay for his funeral.

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