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14-Year-Old Boy Arrested For Stabbing Death Of Older Sister

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A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for the stabbing death of his older sister in Claremont's first homicide since 2009.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a home in the 300 block of Andover Drive just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening. When they arrived, they found a 15-year-old girl suffering from stab wounds in the backyard of her home. Despite the efforts of firefighters, the girl was declared dead at the scene. Officers arrested the girl's 14-year-old brother as he walked away from the home with a knife. Claremont police detective Lieutenant Mike Ciszek told City News Service that the boy was "calm and cooperative with officers during the investigation."

The L.A. Times reports that the victim has been identified as Aspen Geurts, but authorities have not identified the brother because he is a minor. He is currently being held in juvenile detention.

The parents were not home at the time of the stabbing, either at work or running errands, but by the time they returned police were at the scene. A neighbor says the family lived at that home for six or seven years.

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"They're very nice people, and they're very good parents," neighbor Martina Ebert told ABC 7. "It's just a tragedy. They're really wonderful parents. It could happen to anybody." Ebert also said that they family had three children.