Teen arrested over schoolmate’s death

Jiji Press SAITAMA (Jiji Press) — Police arrested a 14-year-old male junior high school student on Saturday after a fellow schoolmate was stabbed to death in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture.

The male student was arrested on suspicion of attempting to kill the 13-year-old victim, Kotaro Hongo, by repeatedly stabbing him in the stomach and the head with a knife. He has admitted to the crime, sources familiar with the police investigation said.

The victim was found bleeding near the entrance to the accused student’s home Friday afternoon. He was rushed to a hospital but died in the early hours of Saturday.

The arrested student said he and the victims got into a fight over textbooks, according to the sources.


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