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Turlock teenager stabbed to death outside house party
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Dylan Dooling graduated from Pitman High School on Thursday. On Friday, he died from stabbing wounds following an attack (Photo contributed).

A week that saw teenagers celebrating graduations across the city ended in tragedy when Turlock Police detectives were called out Friday night to investigate the death of a 17-year-old who was fatally stabbed leaving a party.

The deceased was identified as Dylan Ray Dooling, 17, of Turlock. He had graduated from Pitman High School on Thursday.

The teenager had been at a house party in the 2000 block of N. Daubenberger Road Friday night. According to witness accounts, the teenager was confronted by a group of males as he was leaving the party. A physical fight broke out and someone in the group stabbed the 17-year-old and then the group of suspects fled the scene.

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A memorial has been set up where Dylan was stabbed outside of a house party in the 2000 block of N. Daubenberger Road (SABRA STAFFORD/The Journal).

The first officers arrived at 10:46 p.m. and found the wounded teenager on the sidewalk. The officers immediately began to administer first aid and CPR until Turlock Fire Department and AMR personnel arrived on scene.

He was transported to a local area hospital where medical staff continued to provide medical care in an attempt to save his life. Unfortunately, the injuries suffered were too severe and he died as a result of the injuries at 11:40 p.m.

Witnesses describe the suspects as males, in their teens to early twenties, and White or Hispanic.

Jessica Fuller, a friend of Dylan’s family has organized a GoFundMe account for the family. She said Dylan was planning on attending Modesto Junior College in the fall.

“He loved his big family and enjoyed hanging out with his cousins,” Fuller wrote on the GoFundMe account. “Dylan could put a smile on anyone’s face with his silly humor and infectious laugh.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the account had 312 donations, totaling $20,580.

The link to the account is

A vigil in honor of Dylan has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Curt Andre Park on N. Kilroy Road.

Pitman High school is offering counseling support for any students who need it this week. Those in need of support can call (209) 226-6500 for more information.

The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information about this investigation to call Detective Frank Navarro at (209) 664-7319. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.