A New Jersey man charged in the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old girl was reportedly in the U.S. illegally at the time of the alleged crime, FOX NEWS reports.
Bryan Cordero-Castro, 20, was charged with murder, weapons possession and attempted escape in connection with the stabbing death of Madison Wells. Cordero-Castro is a Guatemalan native who was living in the U.S. illegally after overstaying his visa, according to the Asbury Park Press.
About two dozen relatives and friends of Madison Wells, the teen whom Cordero-Castro is accused of fatally stabbing on Saturday, appeared somber as they sat quietly in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge James J. McGann while an assistant prosecutor served Cordero-Castro with the charges in the case. Madison Well’s relatives and friends wore T-shirts adorned with her picture as the grieved.
Authorities say the two knew each other, and Cordero-Castro’s friends tell Eyewitness News they had been dating for about a year.
One friend described the pair to the Asbury Park Press as being “inseparable.”
“They used to hang out every day,” Hafett Barrates, 18, told the newspaper. Barrates added he didn’t know what could have led to the stabbing.
Wells, a Long Branch native, had lived for a time in Florida before moving back to New Jersey in 2014. She was just starting her junior year at Long Branch High School at the time of her death.
Wells was wounded but alive when she was found by Long Branch police officers responding to a report of a stabbing Saturday night. She was taken to Monmouth Medical Center, where she died about an hour later, police said.
WATCH: Bryan Cordero-Castro, who is charged with the murder of Madison Wells, 16, of Long Branch, appears before Judge James J. McGann for his first appearance and detention hearing https://t.co/qPTJdUtfLa
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Monday, September 10, 2018 08:17PM:
At 10:42 p.m. police responded to a call reporting the stabbing on Van Pelt Place in Long Branch.
The 16-year-old victim was taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch where she was pronounced dead.
According to her obituary, Wells was born in Long Branch and lived in Florida before moving back to New Jersey in 2014.She had just started her junior year at Long Branch High School.
Her mother passed away in 2014, and she is survived by her father and three sisters.
A wake will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Fiore Funeral Home, located at 236 Monmouth Road in Oakhurst. ABC News NY
When will America wake up and get angry over the illegal aliens in our nation that continue to destroy and suck our nation’s finances? Build the WALL and take the chains off of ICE, NOW!
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Well’s family, what a horrific loss.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.