Madison Wells was fatal in Long Branch, N. J. this past weekend.
A New Jersey man charged in the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old girl was allegedly in the U.S. illegally at the time of the alleged crime.
Bryan Cordero-Castro, 20, was charged with murder, weapons possession and attempted escape in connection with the stabbing death of Madison Wells. Cordero-Castro is a Guatemalan native who was living in the U.S. illegally after overstaying his visa, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Friends told WABC that Cordero-Castro and Wells had been dating for about a year before the teenager died.
WATCH: Bryan Cordero-Castro, who is charged with the murder of Madison Wells, 16, of Long Branch, will appear before Judge James J. McGann for his first appearance and detention hearing https://t.co/qPTJdUtfLa
— Asbury Park Press (@AsburyParkPress) September 13, 2018
A friend described the pair to the Asbury Park Press as “inextricably linked.”
“They used to hang out every day,” Hafett Barrates, 18, told the newspaper. Barrates added that he did not know what he might have led up to the stabbing.
Wells, a Long Branch native, lived for a time in Florida before moving back to New Jersey in 2014. She was just starting her junior year at Long Branch high School at the time of her death.
Wells was injured but alive when she was found by a Long Branch police responding to a report of a stabbing Saturday night. She was taken to Monmouth Medical Center where she died about an hour later, police said.
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