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Suspect charged with murder after 14-year-old TARC stabbing victim dies

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Anthony Rene Allen is charged with murder after the teen police say he stabbed dies in the hospital. Anthony Rene Allen is charged with murder after the teen police say he stabbed dies in the hospital.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man accused of stabbing two teenagers on a TARC bus is now charged with murder after one of the victims died.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office says 14-year-old Me'Quale Offutt was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at University Hospital.

The man accused of stabbing the two teens, Anthony Rene Allen, is now charged with murder. Police say he stabbed the fellow bus passengers after getting into an altercation with the teenagers.

The family of Me'Quale Offutt said Tuesday that they never expected to say goodbye so soon.

"What we thought was a fight for his life, is now a fight for us to make arraignments and bury a 14-year-old baby," said Offutt's aunt Raushanah Daniel.

With doctors reporting no brain activity, the middle school student was taken off life support Tuesday, shortly followed by the upgraded charges against Allen.

"He's going to have to deal with this for the rest of his life. He is going to have to live this day over and over and over again for the rest of his life," said Daniel. "He plunged a knife into the chest of a 14-year-old."

Family say Me'Quale, along with his 13-year-old friend, were heading home from his cousin's house--likely going to his grandmother's. The female victim is still recovering from her injuries at a Louisville hospital.

The unexpected loss is especially hard for the family to handle because they claim Allen was kicked off the same TARC bus hours earlier, only to be let back on.

"What information we got from detectives, is that this gentleman, Mr. Allen, he had already previously that night been removed from the TARC because he was intoxicated, he was belligerent, he was harassing other patrons on the bus," said Daniel.

Plus, his criminal history is extensive, and includes multiple assault and weapon charges.

"There's no way with the record he had that he should have been on the street," said Daniel.

Allen was arrested shortly after Sunday's incident, and currently sits behind bars.

Allen's bond was jumped up to $50,000 during a court appearance Monday because of his long criminal history.

There was a brief exchange between the judge and Allen on Monday when the judge believed Allen wasn't paying attention as the charges were read.

"Mr. Allen, first of all, did you hear what I said when I was giving rights?" the judge asked.

"Yes sir," Allen replied.

"But you were asleep," the judge said. "How did you do that?"

"I was listening sir," Allen replied.

"Okay, you were just resting your eyes, right?" the judge said. "Not your ears?"

"I heard," Allen said.

Allen was ordered to not have any contact with his victims.

TARC officials referred questions about the incident to LMPD, since it's an ongoing investigation.


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