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Reading police: Fight over 'Purge'-like mask led to death of teenager

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2016 12:48 PM
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(Reading) -- Police say a dispute over a mask like one featured in the "Purge'' horror movies contributed to the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Reading.

Authorities say high school sophomore Christian Torres had the mask pushed up onto his head, not over his face, when he was stabbed Sunday night. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Avery Valentin-Bair has been jailed on first-degree murder and other charges. 

Police had said earlier this week that they were sifting through various accounts that included the victim wearing a clown-like mask or someone else wearing it. 

Officers now say Torres had the mask and it had created some sort of neighborhood controversy that led to the stabbing.  

Valentin-Bair remained in the Berks County jail today and doesn't have an attorney listed in online court records.

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