SALINA, Kansas – Saline County authorities are investigating the overnight stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl.
It happened about 1:45 a.m.
Officials tell our Salina radio partner KSAL that the incident happened in the rural part of northwest Saline County on Remington and Rifle Road
Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said when officers arrived at the scene, they found the body of 13-year-old Galazia Niehaus who had been stabbed to death.
“We have two scenes, one out here on Remington Road and the other one is near South High School in Salina,” said Mark Malick with the KBI. “The KBI is handling that part of it, the other portion of the investigation is being conducted by the Saline County Sheriff’s Office and the Saline County Attorney’s office.”
The sheriff did not give any details about a suspect or circumstances surrounding the incident.
Galazia was a student at Ell-Saline.
Neighbors and residents were shocked by the incident.
“Yeah, [I am] shocked that it was so close and saddened because she was so young. She had so much life to live, I don’t understand,” said Justine Kerth, who lives in the neighborhood.
Next-door neighbor Misty Holmes was mystified by the event.
“I didn’t think that something like this could happen here in our community, but in the same sense, it could happen anywhere,” said Holmes. “Seeing a crime scene going in and out, and all the cops, and I think one of the hardest things is explaining to my kids that no, it’s ok, no, I do not know what is happening.”
“I don’t know who would do it,” said Kerth. “It doesn’t matter who did it. It’s just why. Why something so awful. Why something so tragic. And yes, why something to close? It hits home when it’s right around the corner.
Both KBI officials and Sheriff Deupties have declined to comment on if a suspect has been taken into custody.