PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy was charged with murder in the slaying of a classmate, a musician and baseball player who was found bleeding to death in a middle school bathroom.
The two boys "knew each other very well," said Chief Pete Cuccaro of the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department. He refused to elaborate on their relationship.
Jaime Rodrigo Gough, 14, was found early Tuesday at Southwood Middle School, a magnet school specializing in visual and performing arts, authorities said. His neck had been slashed.
Michael Hernandez, 14, signed a statement admitting he killed the boy and the knife used in the attack was found in his backpack, Miami-Dade County police Detective Randy Rossman said Wednesday. Police had obtained a search warrant for the backpack.
In the Florida shooting, Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder late Tuesday, police said. A court appearance was set for Wednesday afternoon.