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Phoenix Teen Stabbed to Death After Breaking Up a Fight

Just moments after breaking up a fight at a Phoenix party Saturday morning, 18-year-old Lorena Sandra Uzueta was stabbed to death, AZfamily.com reports.

While rushing the girl to the hospital, Uzueta's friends were involved in a wreck that closed Interstate 17. Her alleged killer, a 17-year-old girl, is now facing a first-degree murder charge. Several other teens are facing charges as well for their alleged roles in the killing.

According to authorities, a brief fight broke out at a Phoenix party early Saturday before Uzueta and others broke it up. Uzueta had left the party with friends when she was stabbed by a 17-year-old girl.

After Uzueta was stabbed, 19-year-old Alexis Nicole Hernandez allegedly began fighting with the teen. While Uzueta was pinned down, the 17-year-old suspect reportedly stabbed Uzueta a second time. Hernandez and the 17-year-old suspect then fled the scene, according to authorities.

Uzueta's friends put her in a car and were rushing her to the hospital when they got into an accident on I-17 near Glendale Avenue. Authorities responded to the scene and took Uzueta to a local hospital where she later died.

Authorities have yet to report just what the motivation may have been for the killing. It seems strange that the suspects would target Uzueta for breaking up a fight.

Authorities tracked down and arrested Hernandez and the 17-year-old suspect. The 17-year-old will likely be tried as an adult for the murder charges.

Under Arizona law, first-degree murder is a killing that was premeditated, meaning it was thought out or planned. While the 17-year-old suspect may not have planned to kill Uzueta from the get-go, first-degree murder requires only a moment of reflection.

If convicted, the 17-year-old suspect could face life in prison or even the death penalty. However, the death penalty would probably be unlikely, considering her age.

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