PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A feud between two neighborhood families led to the killing of a 15-year-old boy over the weekend, according to Providence Police.
Police said Jaheim Carter died after being stabbed in the back on Saturday afternoon.
Natashza Charon, 18, of Providence, was arraigned Monday on a charge of manslaughter in Providence District Court. Charon’s bail was set at $50,000, but she was then ordered to be held without bail because she was already out on bail on a drug charge when the stabbing happened.
Police said about six people were involved in an altercation around 1:15 p.m. Saturday on Amherst Street, during which Charon pulled out a knife and allegedly stabbed Jaheim Carter.
Charon admitted to being in possession of the knife, according to a police report.
Providence Police Major David Lapatin said the fight stemmed from an ongoing feud between two neighborhood families. Lapatin declined to comment on what the dispute was about, but said it was Charon’s boyfriend’s family that was feuding with Carter’s family. He declined to name the boyfriend because he is a juvenile.
Police said gang activity is not believed to be involved.
The victim’s mother, Majeita Carter, told Eyewitness News at a vigil on Sunday that her youngest son was “an all-around good kid.”
“I want the people who did it to spend the rest of their lives in jail,” she said. “I want them to suffer the way me and my family are suffering right now.” She added that the killing happened “over stupidity.”
In court Monday, Carter’s sister Jazmine Carter said her family was pleased that Charon would be held without bail but hoped that her charge would be upgraded to murder.
“She killed my brother in cold blood,” Carter said.
Major Lapatin said upgraded charges are possible as the investigation continues. He said other people involved in the fight may face minor charges.
Charon is due back in court on May 30 for a bail violation hearing. A judge scolded her for apparently not heeding a previous mandate, at an April 18 arraignment, to keep the peace while out on bail.
Providence School Superintendent Christopher Maher said grief counselors would be provided to students and teachers.
A GoFundMe page has been started to raise money for Carter’s funeral expenses.