Family and friends came together to express their respect and bid farewell to a 12-year-old girl from Connecticut who had been stabbed to death by her twin brother.
A funeral for Brigid Curtin was held on Saturday afternoon at St. Patrick's St. Anthony Church in Hartford. There was a private funeral.
According to the police, they responded to the girl's home in the rich West Hartford district on December 17, when her mother, Jane Marie Murphy, called 911 to report that she and her daughter had been stabbed by her son.
Brigid died and her mother was seriously injured but survived.
Family and friends came together to say goodbye to the 12-year-old Brigid Curtin (left and right), from Hartford, Connecticut, who had been stabbed to death by her twin brother. A funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at St. Patrick's St. Anthony Church in Hartford. There was a private funeral
& # 39; It was also touched and moved by Brigid's teammates and classmates who today came to the service to show their respect to their beloved friend, "said family spokesperson Chuck Coursey to news reporters outside the Church
Relatives, classmates and friends grieved for the funeral held at St Patrick St Anthony Church
& # 39; It was also touched and moved by Brigid's teammates and classmates who came to the service today to show their respect to their beloved friend, "said family spokesperson Chuck Coursey to news reporters outside the Church.
According to a obituary posted in the Hartford Courant, Brigid was an honorary tractor Sedgwick Middle School where they several times & # 39; Student-of-the-month & # 39; received.
The obituary also mentions that the seventh grader has dubbed the saxophone in the school band, was a member of Sedgwick's vocal chorus and was in the school's volleyball, football and fitness clubs. When not competing.
The name of her twin brother has not been released because of juvenile offenders. He has been accused of first-line abuse and murder with special circumstances.
He was released this week from the Connecticut Children & # 39; s Medical Center, after sustained minor injuries in the attack and currently being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Hartford, according to the Courant.
The police have not yet released a motive for the violent incident.
Court officials and lawyers have tried to determine where the boy – one of the youngest murderers in the history of Connecticut – should be placed because the youth detention center is not considered a long-term solution, reports the Courant.
The case will be tried in the juvenile court and will be sealed because of its age.
According to lawyer of the deputy state, Kevin Lawlor, the maximum sentence for a person aged 14 or younger would be 30 months of probation supervision with or without residential placement, minus all time spent in pre-trial detention.
After the boy has served his juvenile sentence, the state can ask a judge to link him to the child psychiatric center of the state if he is considered a danger to himself or others.
If that were to happen, he could be held in the psychiatric hospital until the age of 20.
The 12-year-old boy accused of the stabbing is reportedly released from a hospital and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Hartford earlier this week (above).
Their mother JaneMarie Murphy (left and right) called 911 on the afternoon of December 17 and said her son had stabbed her and Brigid. Murphy, a 56-year-old government lobbyist, is recovering from the attack at St Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Police vehicles are parked outside the parental home on Stoner Drive in chic Connecticut in West Hartford, while researchers gather evidence of crime scene
Speaking of a case, a young government official told the Courant: "An appropriate response to a young child accused of a serious crime, such as murder, poses a difficult challenge to the court because it is unusual and because the court determines the needs of the child and at the same time strike a balance between the need to protect public safety. & # 39;
The maximum sentence for juvenile delinquents under the age of 14 was reduced to 30 months after a previous 48-month limit, when a series of new laws came into force on July 1 of this year.
These laws have limited the options that courts have available in determining the best course of action with the boy's case.
Before July 1, the court had the opportunity to bind the boy to the Department of Children and Families for placement in a residential treatment facility, including the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS) for boys.
However, that school was closed according to the new laws and the state now has no secure facility designated for the treatment of serious juvenile offenders.
Sources that were familiar with the youth system told the Courant that the state is investigating alternative plans for serious juvenile offenders.
The judicial department does have treatment programs and services for offenders who need safe accommodation within the two government-run juvenile detention centers, but the capacity of those programs is limited to a total of 24 and there is a substantial waiting list.
Melissa Farley, the legal department spokesperson, said this week against the Courant: "The judicial branch continues to work on contracting for smaller contracted secure facilities in the community, thereby reducing dependence on detention centers.
In addition, the judiciary awarded contracts for two staff-protected facilities with a total capacity of 20 beds, which began to take customers at the beginning of the month. & # 39;
Authorities spent two days collecting evidence from the two-story house of Murphy-Curtin
The police were called to Stoner Drive on December 17 and found both victims and the suspect on the spot. Brigid and Murphy were rushed to the hospital, where the young girl died of her injuries
Blood stains are said to be seen on the driveway and in the garage at the house
Once the West Hartford suspect's juvenile sentence is completed, the state may ask a judge to oblige him whether he is still a danger to himself or to others. In that scenario, he could be placed in a psychiatric institution until the age of 20, according to sources.
Youth advocates who are diagnosed with psychological problems can be sent for evaluation and treatment in a psychiatric center for children – the Solnit South campus in Middletown.
De Courant reports six residents attempted suicide in the state-run child psychiatric center between November 2017 and March 2018.
Both state officials and the boy's lawyer, Trent LaLima of the law firm Hubert J Santos, have refused to comment on the current location of the suspect.
His parents, mother JaneMarie Murphy and father Timothy Curtin, are represented by Hartford lawyer John Droney, who also refused to comment on Thursday.
Murphy, a 56-year-old government lobbyist, is still recovering from multiple wounds at the St Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
Authorities have released very little information about the incident and refused media requests for the 911 band.
Blood stains were seen on the driveway and in the garage when the police spent two days collecting evidence from the two-story house on Stoner Drive that was decorated for Christmas.
Flowers and white ribbons are placed near the house in the upscale West Hartford community that is still crazy about the "unspeakable tragedy & # 39 ;.
A wake for Brigid was held last week at St. Patrick's St. Anthony Church, where the young girl attended with her family services.
The grieving community held a prayer vigil for Brigid four days after the attack last week in St Patrick and St. Anthony Church. Beloved ones who arrive at the service
A wake for Brigid was held four days after her death in the church St. Patrick-St Anthony (top)
Mourning friends and family are seen as embracing outside the church that Brigid always attended
Father Tom Gallagher sent an e-mail with information to the parishioners that a prayer and healing service would be held for the Murphy-Curtin family.
The priest greeted the Murphy Curtins as a "fantastic family". and said that Brigid and her brother were baptized in the church, had their first communion there and were involved in religious programs of the parish.
Gallagher remembered Brigid as a nice, lovely young girl. for the Hartford Courant.
Students at Sedgwick Middle School honored Brigid & # 39; s memory last week by wearing shirts in her favorite color, drawing blue and blue hearts on their hands and arms.
"This is really an unspeakable tragedy", said spokesman Coursey at a press conference on December 18.
Mayor of West Hartford Shari Cantor has issued the following statement on behalf of the Murphy-Curtin family to Pix11.
& # 39; Our family, our friends and our community all suffer tonight. We all have a very painful and unimaginable loss. Our family will never be the same again. Our daughter was a beautiful child and we will forever remember her smile … laughter … and remember her for the way she loved and lived. We thank you all for your condolences and prayers, "the statement said.
& # 39; Please understand that this loss is not limited to our family. Our children have visited the schools of West Hartford and have so many friends who also have pain tonight. West Hartford is a strong community, "it added.
According to Murphy's biography on her employer's website, the mother is an expert in negotiations with the state and the municipal government and the public interest & # 39 ;.
She previously worked as a legislative assistant to the Senate Majority Office and Senior Legislative Assistance to the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Connecticut General Assembly.
Flowers and white ribbons are laid at the entrance to Stoner Drive in West Hartford
A note at the entrance of the grieving neighborhood reads: & # 39; We love you Brigid & # 39;