Meriden police speak with person of interest in teen's stabbing death
By WFSB Staff
Deandre Felton, 15, was found on Kensington Avenue in Meriden on Friday night suffering from multiple stab wounds
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -
Meriden police said they have a person of interest in last weekend's double stabbing that left one teen dead and another one seriously hurt, but no information is being released about who that person is, and whether they will be charged.
The memorial site where Deandre Felton was found stabbed to death is growing.
On Monday night, hundreds of people turned out for a vigil and fundraiser at Columbus Park.
Felton, a 15-year-old at Maloney High School, was killed. His friend, Deshawn Jones, an eighth-grade student at Washington Middle School, was also stabbed but survived.
Jones has been released from the intensive care unit and is expected to talk to police later this week.
Several eyewitnesses said there was a fight before the stabbings occurred, but no one has been able to say exactly why the fight broke out.
"Nothing you say is going to bring him back even though how much it hurts," said Autumn Standish, who was Felton's girlfriend.
The two had just started dating, and Friday night was a big date night.
"The plan was I was going to go to his house and get picked up there to meet his parents," she told Eyewitness News. Standish said her cousins were with Felton and Jones when they were stabbed.
"They said they (Felton and Jones) were looking for trouble," Standish said.
The only information released by Meriden police about the stabbing is that detectives spoke to the 30-year-old man, who is considered a person of interest. His name has not been released at this time.
Felton's family said they were frustrated because police are not saying anything else.
"When they (police) explained it to him (person of interest), he started crying," said Felton's father, Gary Felton. "He didn't know what he did."
Deandre Felton's funeral is planned for early next week. The youth football league he played for and a church in the city have offered to help pay for the service.
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