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North Branford teen dies following stabbing outside East Haven school

A 15-year-old from North Branford has died after he was assaulted with a knife during a fight outside Tuttle Elementary School in East Haven.

East Haven police said officers responded to reports of an altercation involving several people around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. There, they found the 15-year-old stabbing victim.

Police identified the victim as Dustin Cecarelli of North Branford.

In a statement, East Haven police said local fire department first responders treated the teenager at the scene. He was sent to Yale New Haven Hospital and later died from his injuries.

Police said there is no threat to public safety and all people involved have been identified.

“This is an active and ongoing criminal investigation,” East Haven police said. “We are working closely with the State’s Attorney’s Office and information regarding pending charges will be forthcoming.”

School counselors, psychologists, and social workers were being made available to help any students who need emotional support, according to a statement from Scott Schoonmaker, superintendent of the East Haven Public Schools.

This story has been updated and includes reporting by The Associated Press.

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