A man was charged Friday in connection with the stabbing death of a teenage girl in the Bronx.
Police say Emonee Williams, 14, was stabbed several times by Christopher Ezell, 35, pictured above, when she tried to intervene in a fight between Ezell and her aunt at their home on East 153rd Street in the Melrose Houses last night.
Williams, right, was transported to Lincoln Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
"I saw them bring her out of the building," said friend Candace Scott, who set up a makeshift memorial outside. "I didn't believe it was her."
Ezell fled the scene and was arrested by officers at the corner of Third Avenue and 141st Street. Police say a weapon was recovered at the scene.
He will be charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
One neighbor says she heard an argument inside the apartment, but thought nothing of it.
"I kept on going. You know, if I thought it was going to be this tragic, I would've gone and got her,” said family friend Malika Stephenson. "I would have just put her in my grandmother's house and let them handle it as adults."
Ezell has been previously arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon, possession of an illegal substance and robbery.
Sources say Williams referred to Ezell as her stepfather, as he is the father of three of her half-siblings – twin two-year-old boys and a nine-year-old girl, who were home at the time of the stabbing and called 911.
Williams's mother was not at home at the time of the incident.
The Department of Education says the girl attended South Bronx Preparatory, a College Board School, and that a crisis team was sent to the location to offer support to students and staff.
"I didn't believe it," said classmate Elise Santiago.
The school's principal described Williams as an enthusiatic girl who had great relationships with her teachers and fellow students.
Ezell faces life without parole if convicted of the murder.