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Vigil held following Bristol teen's stabbing death


Family, friends and classmates remembered a former Bristol Central High School student who was stabbed to death at a house party over the weekend.

Joey Klett, 19, died from his wounds shortly after arriving at Bristol Hospital early Saturday morning.

Police said shortly after midnight a Bristol officer stopped a vehicle that appeared to be speeding. Officers said the car was occupied by four men, one being Klett. Police said the vehicle was en route to Bristol Hospital, and police followed the vehicle to continue to investigate.

Around the same time police were notified of a disturbance at a home on Irving Street, and it was determined that's where the stabbing had taken place.

Witnesses told Eyewitness News more than 100 people were at the residence with some of them being as young as 15 years old.

"There was a large crowd and could have easily been underage drinking," said Bristol police Lt. Donn Watson.

A crime scene was established, and police said the investigation led them to a suspect who was identified as Joshua Daniels.

"Daniels was driving through North Carolina and was stopped by the local police department for a minor traffic violation," Watson said.

Daniels, who was charged with murder, was expected to be held in North Carolina pending extradition back to Connecticut sometime next week.

Eyewitness News visited the home where the party occurred; however, the person who answered the door did not comment.

Eyewitness News found several beer cans and red cups littering the streets near the home on Irving Street.

At this point, the homeowner, according to police, is not facing any charges because they were not home at the time.

Former classmates of Klett said they won't be able to forget him.

"I think it's unfortunate," said Sarah Darby, of Bristol. "It happened to the wrong person at the wrong time."

After news spread of Klett's killing, Bristol Central High School Principal Pete Wininger sent out a tweet expressing his condolences.

"Incredibly saddened by the loss of our good friend Joey Klett," he tweeted.

Counselors were made available to students and staff at Bristol Central High School Monday morning.

"I definitely saw a couple of people crying," said Michael Lamlureux, who is a Bristol Central High School student.

All students wore red on Monday in honor of Klett and many signed the wall in the school's auditorium.

"It was very somber. A lot of kids were upset," Darby said.

A Facebook page, which has more than 2,000 likes, was also set up in honor of Klett.

"He could light up a room. He was the funniest kid I knew," Darby said.

A candlelight vigil is expected to be held at 6 p.m. Monday in Rockwell Park.

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