MT. VERNON, Maine (TCD) -- A 16-year-old male was reportedly taken into custody for allegedly fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl in her home last week.
On July 21, Maine State Police identified the victim as Brooke McLaughlin and said she was found deceased in her home Monday, July 18. According to WCSH-TV, someone also reportedly stole McLaughlin’s mother’s 2010 Chevy Impala, but it was later recovered in Wayne.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled McLaughlin’s death a homicide but did not share a cause of death.
Maine State Police announced July 24 that they arrested a juvenile and charged him with murder, though they did not release any details about where in Maine he resides or other details that led police to arresting him.
According to the Kennebec Journal, the 16-year-old suspect was in a relationship with McLaughlin. He was taken to Maine’s youth prison, Long Creek Youth Development Center.
Maranacook Area Schools Superintendent Jay Charette wrote a statement following McLaughlin’s death and said she was a seventh-grade student at Maranacook Community Middle School.