Grand Rapids Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing on Elementary School Playground

Woman died as a result, 15-year-old male charged in juvenile court.

Disclaimer: Police identify the victim as 20-years-old, but a relative tells us she was 19.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.- Grand Rapids Police are investigating the death of a Grand Rapids woman, after she was found stabbed on a local school playground.

When authorities arrived they found a 15-year-old boy holding a knife.

Now the Itasca County Attorney’s office is asking he be charged as an adult after being charged in juvenile court.

His next court date is set for May 1st.

At 9:45 pm Tuesday night, authorities discovered the body of 20-year-old Chere Morgan stabbed in her abdomen, along with the 15-year-old with a knife, on the playground of Murphy Elementary School.

“This is extremely unusual, especially in any community in Minnesota,” said Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson. “We’ve never had anything like this happen before.”

“We don’t believe this is related to the school itself, it was just a convenient place for 2 parties to agree to meet.”

The 15-year-old was taken into custody.

In juvenile court he was charged with murder in the second degree, and because drugs were found at the scene, controlled substance in a school zone.

“Unfortunately we have some individuals that become involved in drugs and well, this is the sort of thing that can happen when that takes place,” Chief Johnson said.

Those living near the school say their community knows the effects of drugs all too well.

“We’ve had an overdose loss in our neighbors a couple of years ago, so drugs are prevalent and our enforcement’s working the best they can to control it,” said Robert Smith, a Grand Rapids resident of 50 years, who lives right across the street from Murphy Elementary.

This crime and drugs don’t change how he feels about the community.

“Our kids were raised here, 4 of them went to school at Murphy,” he said. “There’s been very little crime, maybe a car prowling or something.”

“We have no fear living in this town.”

School District leaders released a statement saying at no time were any of their students in danger during the stabbing.

They add that their thoughts go out to those in the community effected by this death.

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