MINNETONKA — The teen allegedly murdered by his 12-year-old brother has been identified as Sebastian Antonio Harris, according to a press release from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office.
Harris, 16, was a student at Hopkins High School. The district released a media statement saying it has sent out a crisis management team and grief counselors to be available to students and staff.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family,” the statement reads, “who is experiencing an unthinkable loss.”
The resources will be in place for as long as students need, the statement said.
The 12-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed and killed his older brother Sept. 22 was arrested 9 p.m. Sept. 23, the city of Minnetonka said in a press release.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and announced the suspect had been charged Sept. 24. Because of his age, the 12-year-old’s case will go through the juvenile court system.
The Minnetonka Police Department was called at 8:15 p.m. Saturday to an apartment complex at 11367 Fairfield Road on the report of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found the older brother with a life-threatening stab wound to the chest.
Police said CPR was initiated and the victim was transported to North Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to the press release, police believe the younger brother used a “regular” kitchen knife from the kitchen to commit the stabbing. The mother and other family members were home at the time.
The younger brother was uninjured and transported to the hospital where he was under evaluation. Before being arrested on Sunday, he was released to family, Boerboom said.
When asked whether there was a history of public safety issues, Boerboom said the mother, who lived with her two sons and the 12-year-old’s twin sibling, had once called in with a report of a theft or burglary.
It was the police’s first instance of response to a homicide at the complex.