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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police have arrested a juvenile suspect in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old boy in the city’s Mission District Tuesday evening.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said one person was arrested in connection with the killing of Rashawn Williams. The name of the suspect was not released and is not public record since he’s under age. SFPD Chief Greg Suhr confirmed that the suspect and the victim had attended the same middle school.

Police said a male suspect stabbed the teen at about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 2900 block of Folsom Street, about a block from Garfield Square.

Rashawn’s mother transported him to California Pacific Medical Center’s St. Luke’s Campus. From there, paramedics transported him to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Rashawn attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory school as a freshman, the school’s assistant principal for student life, Christine Buell, said.

Buell said Rashawn attended freshman orientation and then about seven days of his first year of high school before he was killed.

Rashawn had signed up to play on the school’s freshman football team after entering the private Catholic high school with a 4.0 GPA from Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 school, according to Buell.

Counselors are available to members of the Sacred Heart Cathedral community following the teen’s tragic death, she said.

A prayer service for the school community and families was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon following today’s classes, according to Buell.

Michelle Forshner, communications director for the high school, said Rashawn was bright and motivated.

She said, like most students at the school, he was accepted into the competitive high school based on his academic excellence.

Forshner said the school is waiting for more information about the homicide suspect and the motive for the killing.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact police at (415) 575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.

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