14-year-old accused in classmate’s after-school stabbing death

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THE BRONX, N.Y. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy is accused of stabbing to death another 14-year-old student during a fight outside a Bronx middle school.

Police say the victim, Timothy Crump, died after being stabbed several times in the stomach following the 3 p.m. fight Wednesday.

Crump was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Noel Esteves, of the Bronx, was arrested after the fatal brawl. He is expected to be charged as an adult with second-degree murder and manslaughter. It wasn’t clear if Esteves — who was scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment Thursday — had a lawyer.

A Department of Education spokeswoman says a knife was recovered at the scene.

Investigators believe the victim may have robbed his assailant in the past but stressed they’re still investigating what caused the dispute outside of I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade middle school just after students were dismissed for the day.

Close family friends of Esteves said the teen was terrorized by a group of classmates who constantly threatened him, making him scared to go to school.

A woman who lives near the middle school said she often sees young students fighting outside campus.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said grief counselors will be sent to the school on Thursday.