Brooklyn Man, 22, Arrested in Deadly Stabbing of Queens Teen

Rashad Salaam has been arrested in the death of 16-year-old Kyanna Thomas

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011  |  Updated 6:38 AM EDT
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Kyanna Thomas, 16, was spending the weekend at her aunt's house in Brooklyn and apparently sneaked out of the home before she was stabbed in the neck early Sunday morning. Family and friends say they're devastated. Police are still investigating.

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Kyanna Thomas, 16, was spending the weekend at her aunt's house in Brooklyn and apparently sneaked out of the home before she was stabbed in the neck early Sunday morning. Family and friends say they're devastated. Police are still investigating.

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Police say they've arrested a man in the grisly stabbing death of a girl on a Brooklyn street in the middle of the night two months ago.

Rashad Salaam, 22, of Brooklyn, was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday, accused of stabbing 16-year-old Kyanna Thomas in the neck.

The two had been online acquaintances, sources said.

Thomas, of Rosedale, was mysteriously stabbed near Macdougal Street and Saratoga Avenue in Brooklyn at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 25.

She was pronounced dead at Interfaith Hospital.

The teen was spending the weekend at her aunt's home in Brooklyn and apparently sneaked out of the home sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

A few hours later, her family was notified that Thomas had died.

The girl went to a charter school in Brooklyn and wanted to become a veterinarian, her grandfather told NBC New York.

The killing jarred the Brooklyn neighborhood where Thomas died, prompting community activists and residents to hand out fliers.

Crime Stoppers offered a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect wanted for the homicide.

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