A popular boy who was stabbed to death is believed to have hade a long-standing feud with the teenager who has been charged over his murder.
The 13-year-old victim died after allegedly being stabbed in the chest in a suburban street in Kariong, on the NSW Central Coast, around 11pm on Tuesday.
Another boy, also 13, was arrested at a nearby home a short time later and has been charged over the death.
Police will allege the boys met for a pre-arranged fight on the night of the attack and one brought a kitchen knife from home.
Daily Mail Australia understands the pair had once been friendly however their relationship had soured.
A boy, 13, (pictured) has tragically died after allegedly being stabbed by another teenager, 13, on the NSW Central Coast on Tuesday. Peers said the victim was popular and ‘loved by everyone’
Sources said the boys were in different friendship circles but had a personal relationship until an ‘incident’ apparently drove them apart.
Peers have described the victim as a talented rugby player who was ‘loved by everyone’ and a ‘really good kid’.
A former school mate, 18, said the victim was like a ‘little brother’ to him and well liked by students across all grades.
‘He was all round good kid,’ he said. ‘He shouldn’t have got stabbed.’
Another graduate from the boys’ high school said the pair often had arguments over ‘little things’ but she was shocked to hear about what had happened.
She said there were ‘quite a few’ brawls at the school during the time she attended.
‘Everyone is really sad about the whole thing,’ she said.
A local said everybody in the tight-knit community ‘is devastated, angry and very emotional’ in the wake of the tragedy.
Police will allege the boys met for a pre-arranged attack and one brought a knife. Pictured: Police have put up tape around a home on Langford Drive
The scene (pictured) will be examined by forensic experts as part of the investigation
The victim was found by members of the public in Langford Drive just after 11pm on Tuesday, who carried out CPR while emergency services rushed to the scene.
He was airlifted to Gosford hospital in a critical condition where he died a short time later.
A short time later the accused was taken to Gosford Police Station where he was charged with murder. He was refused bail to appear at a children’s court on Wednesday.
A crime scene has been established at the location of the incident which will be examined by forensic experts as part of the investigation.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.