Officials: Long Branch man charged for fatal stabbing of teen

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Police continue to investigate after a teenage girl was fatally stabbed in Long Branch Saturday night.

Officials say they were called to the 200 block of Van Pelt Place 10:45 p.m. where they found a 16-year-old girl had been stabbed.  The girl was rushed to Monmouth Medical Center where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Bryan Cordero-Castro, of Long Branch, is in custody and has been charged with murder.

The 20-year-old is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said.

Authorities would not confirm the identity of the victim, but family members identified the 16-year-old as Madison Wells.

Her cousin remembered Wells as warm and friendly, and able to make anyone in a room smile.

Wells had been living in Florida, and lost her mother, Michelle Yurko, four years ago. The cousin said Michelle was striving for a better life and trying to make something of herself.

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