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Wilson Child Stabbed by Sibling

Posted February 28, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A 14-year-old is dead and his 13-year-old half brother is in custody after a stabbing incident in Wilson Friday morning.

The stabbing occurred at about 7:30 Friday morning when witnesses say the boys were arguing about going to school. According to school records, 14-year-old Travis Curtis had already missed 13 day since enrolling in Ralph L. Fike High School January 30. Curtis had attended four other schools in Wilson before the family moved to Baltimore. They moved back to Wilson in December, 1996.

Witnesses say the dispute made its way outdoors where the boys chased each other on their bicycles. Then Tiwan Sutton, Curtis' younger half brother, allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Curtis in the upper left chest.

When police arrived at the scene, they attempted to resuscitate Curtis, but were not successful.

Sutton is being held in a Pitt County juvenile facility until his first court appearance, which police say will come within five days. He faces a charge of juvenile petition with murder.

Delois Hill, the boys' grandmother, says she had always worried that Travis would be killed by some new friends he had made on the streets on Wilson. She says there were some problems before this.

The family has only lived in their current neighborhood since December, and the boys were enrolled in school on January 30. Since that time, Curtis had already missed 13 days at Ralph L. Fike High School.

Fike Principal Allen Johnson told WRAL-TV5'sBrian Bowmanthat he would see that counselors were in place to help other students cope with the loss of their classmate.

Hill says the boys' mother is devastated.

Other families in the neighborhood say they were very surprised by this incident and that they had noticed no trouble from the family.