Grenada reeling in shock after 13-year-old charged with murder

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Monday, October 22, 2012 – Some say it was over chocolate, some say it was over money, two things are certain – 17-year-old Alex Gabriel is dead and a 13-year-old girl has been charged with the murder.

Prosecutors say the unidentified minor stabbed a fellow student at a high school on the outskirts of the capital, St George’s, in the neck. Police have not provided a motive, but reports are that some fellow students have said the two quarrelled over money prior to Wednesday’s killing. However, other media reports are that eyewitnesses said that the altercation was over a chocolate.

An autopsy report indicated that Gabriel, 17, died as a result of hypovolemic shock and laceration to the carotid artery and jugular vein, consistent with a stab wound to the neck.

Grenada police charged the 13-year-old secondary school student last Friday (October 19) with murder following the stabbing incident at a school earlier this week and, in her first court appearance, a judge ordered the minor to remain in prison until a court hearing scheduled for November.

The teenager is the second student to be charged with murder in the past 10 months in Grenada. A 16-year-old female student was accused of killing her sister a couple of months ago for motives that remain unclear.  Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)