WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A 27-year-old man is charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 14-year-old boy in Waterbury.
Waterbury Police were called to the area of Colonial Avenue for reports of a stabbing just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers were told a 14-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest.
The juvenile victim, identified by police as Angel Velez, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said arriving officers were able to immediately identify the suspect as Jeimy Cintron, of Waterbury, and arrested him at the scene.
Investigators said Velez and Cintron got into a verbal and physical fight, resulting in Cintron allegedly stabbing the teen in the chest.
Cintron is charged with murder and being held on a $3 million bond. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday.
The Waterbury Public Schools system released a statement following the arrest, saying the victim is one of its students:
The Waterbury Public Schools community has suffered a tremendous loss. On Wednesday, September 29, a student was tragically killed in a senseless act of violence.
We extend our deepest condolences to the student’s family. A crisis team has been mobilized to support students and staff as they grieve. Our school community and the city will come together to do everything we can to provide support to our students, staff and families during this extraordinarily difficult time.“Sujata Wycoff, Director of Communications for Waterbury Public Schools
Waterbury students were able to go to grief counselors on Thursday. The community held a solemn candlelight vigil for the victim Wednesday evening.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Waterbury Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941.