A 16-year-old boy in the small town of Vinstra was in police custody on Thursday, charged with stabbing a 16-year-old girl to death and wounding a man who police believe tried to intervene. The stabbing late Wednesday afternoon occured in a residential area of Vinstra, where both lived.
Police wouldn’t immediately reveal the relationship between the two 16-year-olds. The wounded man was taken to hospital in Lillehammer, southeast of of Vinstra.
“This is a deeply tragic situation that hits us very hard,” Vinstra Mayor Rune Støstad told state broadcaster NRK. “Everyone knows everyone here, and this will be difficult for a small community like ours. Three families are affected.”
Around 2,600 people live in Vinstra. A crisis team was quickly established and students arriving at the local high school were met by both psychologists and police Thursday morning. The school also re-opened Wednesday evening to serve as a gathering place for mourners.
Police said the 16-year-old assailant was arrested at the scene and that they had the murder weapon in their possession. State investigators were summoned from Oslo to assist them in the murder case.