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More charges for City School stabbing suspect

Posted: 6:12 PM, Dec 21, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-21 23:12:04Z

He was attacked two days before Thanksgiving. Just days before Christmas, we have learned 17 year old Ananias Jolley has died.

Baltimore police said he was stabbed inside a Renaissance Academy classroom by fellow student, 17 year old Donte Crawford.

"We knew at the time of this incident back on November 24th that he wasn't doing well but it's just very sad to find out that he actually passed away," TJ Smith, with the Baltimore Police Department, said.

Yvonne Butler lives one block over from the school. She said a lot of the reaction in the community has been a feeling of hopelessness.

"What's so sad about all of this, people are numb. Now we got two families. The young man who did it and the people whose child is gone. We got to start standing up," Butler said.

Jolley's family did not want to talk on Monday morning, but ABC2 cameras caught up with his brother in the days after the attack. Chris Boykin told us his family was optimistic about Jolley's recovery.

He also told us his brother and Crawford were once friends.

"I learned that you really got to watch these people out here. Because everybody wants to tell you that they love you but they don't really love you," Boykin said at the time.

"Every young person goes to school and has some sort of dispute with another young person. It's just how you handle that dispute and unfortunately this one was handled with a knife inside the school, inside the classroom and resulted in the death of another young person," Smith told ABC2.

Investigators are working with the states attorney's office to file additional charges.

City school leaders declined an on camera interview but released a statement that reads:

On behalf of the entire City Schools family, I want to express our deep sorrow on the passing of Ananias Jolley. Although words cannot adequately express our grief over the tragic loss of this young man, we extend our most sincere sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, classmates, and every member of the Renaissance Academy community. We have deployed grief counselors to Renaissance for the remainder of the week to support students and staff, and we are committed to supporting Ananias’ family throughout this extremely difficult period.”

Gregory E. Thornton, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Baltimore City Public Schools