14-year-old boy charged with murder in strangulation death of 13-year-old Manchester girl

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Zaniya Wright (Photo provided by family)

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — A 14-year-old boy from Manchester faces multiple charges, including murder and sexual assault, in a June homicide.

Manchester Police arrested the teenager on Friday following a five-month investigation into the death of a juvenile girl, identified by family as 13-year-old Zaniya Wright.

On June 18, officers responded to an apartment building on Olcott Street and found Wright dead in the basement. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, saying the cause of her death was compression of the neck, which means strangulation.

A day before Wright’s body was found, her mother reported her missing to the police.

Zaniya Wright (Photo provided by family)

The suspect faces charges of felony murder, first-degree strangulation, first-degree sexual assault, and risk of injury to a minor – illegal sexual contact.

He is currently detained at the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center.

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