Cops: Fight over 'Purge'-like mask led to death of teen boy

READING, Pa. (AP) " 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 Pennsylvania boy.

Reading (REH'-ding) police 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.

Police 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 Friday and doesn't have an attorney listed in online court records.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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