Monterey County inmate killed in prison dayroom attack

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22-year-old Uriel Otero, an inmate from Monterey County, has been killed in an attack at Pelican Bay State Prison. 

Fernando Torres Lopez, who is incarcerated for second-degree murder in Santa Clara County, is the suspect in the incident. Both are in prison for crimes related to gang activity. 

Fernando Torres Lopez

According to prison officials, at around 5:33 p.m. on Friday, guards and medical staff responded when Lopez allegedly attacked Otero in a housing unit dayroom. 

Otero was taken to a medical facility for treatment but was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.

Officials have put the place in a limited population lockdown to conduct the investigation. Lopez is placed in segregated housing. 

The Del Norte County Coroner has yet to determine Otero’s official cause of death.