UPDATE: Suspect charged with 2 felonies, victim identified in fatal Grand Rapids stabbing

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5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Itasca County Court officials say a teenager arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a 20-year-old woman has been charged with two felonies.

Police have identified the victim as Chere Morgan, of Grand Rapids.

Officials say the Itasca County Attorney’s Office has filed a motion for proceedings to be done in adult court.

The charges include second degree murder, as well as sale of a controlled substance in a school zone.

The suspect, who is 15 years old, is scheduled to be in court on May 1 and May 14 to address probable cause and to hear if the motion has been certified.

The teen is currently being held at the Itaskin Juvenile Center in Grand Rapids.

“This isn’t a sort of thing that normally happens here in Grand Rapids,” Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson said. “This really had nothing to do with the school. It was place where the two of them agreed to meet, but other than that it was not school related.”

The stabbing has left neighbors in shock.

“I think about my niece. I think about my nephew,” Grand Rapids Resident Scott Williams said.  “Finding something like this so close to home, and in a school zone, is — it’s scary.”

Among them, Williams, who has lived across the street from school grounds for more than a decade.

“I’d say this is going to be one of those things that kind of loom over for a while like a shadow,” Williams said.




7:26 a.m. — The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating the stabbing death of a 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman.

Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at Murphy Elementary School on Tuesday, April 16 at 9:45 p.m.

A Grand Rapids Police Officer and State Patrol Trooper arrived at the school within four minutes.

Police found a 15-year-old Grand Rapids teenager standing in the playground holding a knife.

On the ground next to him was an unconscious 20-year-old Grand Rapids woman who had suffered a stab wound to her abdomen.

Officers began resuscitation efforts.

The 15-year-old was taken into custody and is currently in a secure detention facility.

Paramedics transported the woman to Grand Itasca Hospital where she died due to her knife wounds.

Authorities believe this meeting was arranged by these two people and not related to the school, and the public is not in danger.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson says drugs were also found at the scene.

In addition to the Minnesota State Patrol, assistance was received from the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Bovey Police Department.

This incident is under investigation. The identity of the victim will be released sometime Wednesday.

KBJR Staff

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