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Victim identified in Northeast Middle School stabbing, suspect charged

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 22:41:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department identified the victim of a fatal stabbing, which took place Tuesday at Northeast Middle School.

The child killed in the stabbing was identified as Manuel J. Guzman, 14, an eighth grader at the school.

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KCPD added that a suspect already in custody, who police say is also a Northeast Middle School student, has been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

The suspect is also 14 years old, so the case — brought by Jackson County's Office of the Juvenile Officer — currently is set for Jackson County Family Court and his name will not be released.

"The youth is currently confined in secure detention at the Juvenile Detention Center," said Valerie Hartman, the public information officer for the 16th Judicial Circuit of Jackson County.

A hearing to determine whether the suspect should be tried as an adult or juvenile will be required by Missouri state law, but no such hearing has been scheduled yet.

Guzman's family has created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for funeral expenses. GoFundMe has verified the authenticity of the page with KSHB 41 News.

"Manuel Guzman's life was cut short tragically. The Family is absolutely devastated by his tragic passing," the page says.