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Monday August 3rd, 2015 11:11AM

Girl, 13, fatally shot on Miami-area school bus

By The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) -- A 13-year-old girl was shot to death while riding a charter school bus with her younger sister Tuesday and a male student was being held for questioning, Miami-Dade Police said.<br /> <br /> The male student was in custody but authorities did not release his name or age and said they are still interviewing him. A gun was also recovered at the scene in Homestead, south of Miami, but authorities didn't say where or how many times the victim was shot.<br /> <br /> "We still don't know what the motive may have been," said police spokesman Det. Alvaro Zabaleta.<br /> <br /> Eight other children, including the victim's 7-year-old sister, were on the bus but were not harmed. Authorities took the children and the bus driver to a police station to be interviewed.<br /> <br /> The victim, who has not been identified, attended Palm Glades Preparatory Academy, a charter middle school south of Miami. The victim's sister went to nearby Summerville Advantage Academy.<br /> <br /> Concerned parents gathered at the scene, which was cordoned off by crime scene tape as authorities combed the bus for evidence and gathered children's backpacks and belongings.<br /> <br /> Grief counselors were on their way to the charter school, said Lynn Norman-Teck, a spokeswoman for Florida Consortium of Public Charter School.<br /> <br /> The school principal walked through every classroom Tuesday morning to make sure the students were safe.<br /> <br /> A phone message left for the private school bus company was not immediately returned.
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