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Friday September 2, 2011

LATINO BLOTTER: NY Sees Its Youngest Murder Suspect - Alvin Diaz, 14, to be Tried as Adult

LATINO BLOTTER: NY Sees Its Youngest Murder Suspect - Alvin Diaz, 14, to be Tried as Adult

Photo: Alvin Diaz, 14, could become youngest convicted of murder in NY

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A teenager from the Bronx has now become the youngest murder suspect in New York after he allegedly stabbed another teen over the weekend.

Alvin Diaz is just 14 years old, but has the arrest record some would think is for someone much older. And sadly, murder may be added to the list after he turned himself in for stabbing Derek Cabejas, 18, in the chest on Saturday.

Diaz and his brother were reportedly having a water fight with Cabejas on Thursday, but this play-fighting escalated into a real fight on Friday after Diaz became angry that Cabejas had slapped him in the childish game the day before. In retaliation, Diaz says he went to Cabejas’ apartment after midnight Saturday night and stabbed him.

Cabejas was later pronounced dead at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.

According to NY Daily News, before turning himself in on Monday, Diaz posted on his Facebook that he hoped his friends would visit him in prison.

Diaz is now New York’s youngest murder suspect, and due to the “Willie Bosket Law”, he stands to be tried as an adult. Willie Bosket is the name of a 15-year-old boy who killed two subway passengers in cold blood back in the 1970’s. The law allows for people as young as 13 to be tried as adults in situations like this.

Diaz’s family did not attend his arraignment. He was ordered held without bail, and will be tried as an adult.