Update: A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing of 13-year-old, Naj’ee Wright, Monday night.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse police are investigating a second teen homicide on Syracuse’s west side less than a week after 15-year-old Radames Fransciso was killed on Friday. On Monday night around 5:55 p.m., Syracuse Police Officers responded to the 1200 block of West Onondaga Street for a call about a stabbing.
Police say that upon their arrival, they discovered that a 13-year-old girl had been stabbed during some sort of physical disturbance. According to police, she was transported to Upstate University Hospital by AMR Ambulance, where she was then pronounced dead.
The investigation is active and ongoing, and further information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Syracuse Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (315)442-5222. All calls will be kept confidential.
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh (I) said Monday night in a statement:
“In recent days, we have lost two teenagers to acts of violence involving other teens. Tonight, the victim was a 13 year old girl. This weekend, we lost a 15 year old boy. My prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as all of those touched by these tragedies.
In Syracuse right now, we have children and families in crisis. They are living in constant trauma in circumstances made worse by the stress and disruption of the last year. As a community, we need to give them refuge. We need to teach our children to value their own lives and the lives of others. We need to show them they are cared for in our homes, schools, community centers, places of worship and even in our streets. The City and the Syracuse Police are working closely with our community partners to protect and support our youth. We must and will do more.”