13-year-old dies in Wausau stabbing after social media fight

March 1, 2015


WAUSAU - A 13-year-old boy was stabbed twice in the back and died after self-proclaimed gang members got into a street fight in Wausau prompted by a social media dispute, police said Saturday.

The stabbing happened Friday evening after several juveniles who said they are gang members argued earlier in the day on the Internet and Facebook, police said. The Facebook messages suggested several of the youth planned to fight.

At about 5:30 p.m., six or seven young people, including the victim, drove to a house on the 900 block of Jefferson Street and got out of their vehicle. Police said one person from the vehicle fired a BB gun at other youth who were on the porch.

Both groups began fighting in the street and the teen was stabbed twice in the back. A friend drove him to a hospital, where he died. An autopsy was underway Saturday to determine the exact cause of death.

A 15-year-old was arrested and was in juvenile custody on Saturday. The teen is expected to appear in court next week.

Police said they will not release the names of the juveniles involved, but all of them are students at Wausau high school or Wausau middle school.

Authorities were still investigating Saturday, and said they have recovered the knife used in the stabbing and the BB gun.