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19-year-old arrested in stabbing death of Peoria teenager

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A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday after a teenager was fatally stabbed near Quest Charter Middle School in Peoria.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said 16-year-old Jawaun Lowe of Peoria was stabbed in the back Monday afternoon. Lowe suffered rapid and severe internal bleeding and likely died instantly, Harwood said.

Damony Thompson was arrested by detectives for first-degree murder and is currently being held in the Peoria County Jail.

A juvenile believed involved in the incident also was arrested on for two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of mob action with injury, and criminal damage to property. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of North Bootz around 2:45 p.m. Monday for a report of a group of people fighting.

Upon arriving, police found Lowe unresponsive and not breathing. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It marks Peoria's fourth homicide of 2022.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.