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15-year-old charged in Labor Day weekend murder in Beloit

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BELOIT (WREX) — A 15-year-old Beloit Memorial High School student has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

The Beloit Police Department held a news conference on Monday afternoon announcing the arrest.

Police say the teen, who is not currently being named due to being a minor, was arrested at Beloit Memorial High School on Monday, September 13. Police say that upon his arrest, they located a firearm in his bag.

The School District of Beloit is fully cooperating with our department in regard to this investigation.

“It is evident when we work together; we are able to foster a community of trust and unity,” said Chief Andre Sayles. “It is because of the dedicated men and women within our department and our courageous community members working together as one we are able to hold individuals accountable to help seek closure for these senseless acts of violence.

The murder happened over Labor Day weekend in the 300 block of Portland. 

Sayles said the suspect and victim knew each other, but did not specify how.

Chief Andre Sayles encouraged the community to send in information when possible.

“I encourage those who have valuable information related to other unsolved homicides and critical incidents to come forward to assist us in holding others accountable for their actions and taking back our streets."

Police say the Rock County District Attorney's Office will make the decision if the teen should be prosecuted in adult court.

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