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Florida teen accused of fatally stabbing romantic rival

16-year-old faces charge of first-degree murder

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A 16-year-old Kissimmee boy is accused of fatally stabbing his romantic rival early Tuesday morning, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to room 226 of the Heritage Park Inn on East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway at 2:38 a.m. Upon arrival, they found Kevin Joel Rojas, 22, suffering from several stab wounds, a news release said.

Rojas was pronounced dead at Osceola Regional Hospital.

Detectives identified Luis Angel Pagan as a suspect in Rojas' death and arrested him without incident.

Deputies said they believe Pagan stabbed Rojas because they were romantic rivals. No other details about their "rivalry" have been released.

Pagan faces a charge of first-degree murder. He's being held at a juvenile detention center.


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