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Muslim Teenager Kills at Sleepover Over Ridicule of His Religion


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Atheist Republic (News)

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Time reported on the murder of a 13-year-old boy who made fun of religion during a fight. The killing happened during a sleepover.

The situation “had been monitored by federal and other authorities for months.” The murderer, a teen aged 17, was put into a juvenile detention center following arraignment earlier in the week. The charges are first-degree murder and attempted-murder charges.

It is unknown whether the 17-year-old will be charged as an adult. The boy fatally stabbed Jovanna Sierra, who was the 13-year-old, as well as injuring Elaine Simon, a 43-year-old mother of a boy named Dane, and Dane Bancroft, a 13-year-old son.

The sleepover was part of a birthday. The teenager stated that he was upset because one of the boys had “made fun” of his Muslim faith. The boy had read the Quran prior to going to the home for the sleepover.

The lawyer for the teen did not respond to a voicemail in order to find a comment. Law enforcement agencies and the FBI have been aware of the threats made by the teen in the past, as he sympathized with some terrorist groups as well.

Local authorities and the FBI are discussing the pursuit of charges.

The FBI declined comment Friday.


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