Juvenile stabbed to death at Jaycee Park

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A juvenile is dead after police say he was stabbed on Sunday evening. 

Springfield police responded to the 2400 block of East Monroe Street at Jaycee Park for the report of a stabbing.16-year-old Robert Wheeler was found with stab wounds and taken to an area hospital where he later died. 

Police say there were reports of a disturbance in the park before the stabbing. After interviews detectives were able to determine a 16-year-old male was responsible for the stabbing. 

Wheeler's family members say he and some friends and family went to the park to look for a missing phone charger. They were using a phone flashlight to look, and the light apparently shined onto another 16-year-old teens face. The teen confronted the group and began arguing. The argument ended with the teen stabbing Wheeler.

Maigan Frazier, Wheeler's aunt, says it all happened very quickly saying, "Soon as they left the house, that's when I left out of the house. Within 3 to 5 minutes. I came over right behind them. They came through the field, I came through the truck, and he was already laying on the ground. He lost his life within 5 minutes. I just can't understand it. I can't believe this happened. Like when am I going to wake up?"

She says they called him 'Little Rob' and was a sweet boy who did not get into trouble. Monday, the family visited the site of the stabbing. They brought white t-shirts with them which they dipped in the blood that had stained the grass. Maigan says, "That's my nephew, you know? We're doing it just to remember him. You know how people get the shirts with the pictures and everything on it?"

The suspect has been preliminarily charged with 1st degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated battery. 

Anyone with additional details should contact the Springfield Police Department at 788-8311. 

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