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Male stabbed to death near West Palm Beach; female questioned

JUST IN: Teen wanted on charges of killing 10-year-old boy arrested in Florida 


An 18-year-old teen who allegedly killed a 10-year-old boy in New Jersey was arrested in South Florida Sunday night. 

Karon Council, of New Jersey, was apprehended in Pompano Beach. He will be housed at Broward County Jail before being extradited to New Jersey, where he faces numerous charges including murder, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

There are no details about how Council got to Florida or why he was here. 

On Feb. 21, Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call about shots being fired at a home around 10:40 p.m., according to the prosecutor’s office. 

When officers arrived, they found 10-year-old Yovanni Banos-Merino and his 38-year-old mother, Lilia Merino, suffering from gunshot wounds. The family was taken to a hospital, where Yovanni died. Lilia was treated and released, the prosecutor’s office said. 

During the investigation, a 16-year-old, who wasn’t named because of his age, also was arrested. Then, Friday night, Council was charged and the prosecutor’s office announced they needed help finding him. 

GoFundMe page for Yovanni Banos-Merino has been set upt to help offset the funeral cost.



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