Arrest made after deadly stabbing near school

Posted at 11:29 AM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 15:32:22-04

Phoenix police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for a deadly stabbing near a high school last month.

Police report that 24-year-old Christopher Canada is suspected of fatally stabbing 18-year-old Lavon Moore on April 19 near Cesar Chavez High School.

The victims, Moore and another 17-year-old male, and another teen were found near the baseball field just east of the school, near 40th Avenue and Baseline Road. Before passing out, Moore reportedly told police that the stabbing occurred over money.

One teen told police that a newer-model white Chevrolet SUV pulled up to them in the library parking lot and a female asked the three to come closer. When they did, two men jumped out of the SUV and chased them.

Moore and the 17-year-old were both caught and stabbed. Moore was stabbed in the chest, while the other teen was stabbed in the bicep and torso. Moore died from his injuries eight days later.

Police say they managed to find the SUV nearby and two men were detained, but the witness could not identify them, so they were released.

Police used surveillance video to identify the girl in the SUV. They were able to locate and question her, and she identified Canada as the one who stabbed and killed Moore.

After his arrest, Canada allegedly told police that he was involved in the incident, but said that Moore's injuries were caused by him falling on the knife.

Canada is facing charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault.