The incident, which left a 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman dead of a knife wound, took place after dark, Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson said, adding that police believe the stabbing stemmed from a drug deal gone bad.
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According to a statement released by the Grand Rapids police, officers responded at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a stabbing at Murphy Elementary School. When they arrived, they found a 15-year-old Grand Rapids boy standing on the playground holding a knife. On the ground next to him was the victim, unconscious with a stab wound in her abdomen.
"We believe this meeting was arranged by these two people and not related to the school. The public is not in danger. Drugs were found at the scene," Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson said in a news release.
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Officers tried to resuscitate the woman and she was brought to Grand Itasca Hospital, where she died of her wound.
Johnson said drugs were found at the scene and police believe the incident isn’t related to the school.
“We believe this meeting was arranged by these two people,” he said. “The public is not in danger.”
The 15-year-old was arrested and an investigation continues. Johnson said it would be up to County Attorney Matti Adam to decide whether the suspect will be charged as an adult. Adam was not available for comment Wednesday.
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 15-year-old boy made a court appearance Wednesday in connection to a stabbing near a Grand Rapids elementary school that left one woman dead.
According to Itasca County Attorney Matti R. Adam, the teen has been charged with second-degree murder and sale of a controlled substance in a school zone.
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Authorities say officers responded Tuesday night to a stabbing report at Murphy Elementary School. They found a 15-year-old on the playground holding a knife. A 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman was on the ground next to him, unconscious with a stab wound to her abdomen.
Officials say they believe the meeting was arranged by the teen and woman and is not related to the school. Drugs were found at the scene.
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Prosecutors have filed a motion to have the teen tried as an adult. He remains in custody at a secure unit of the Itaskin Juvenile Center.