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14-year-old boy stabbed to death at Phoenix light rail stop near Central Ave and Indian School Rd

Posted at 6:50 AM, May 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-17 13:17:22-04

PHOENIX — A 14-year-old boy is dead after being stabbed Friday near Central Avenue and Indian School Road.

Phoenix police officials said around 9:00 p.m., officers were called to the Valley Metro Light Rail for reports of a fight.

Court documents said 30-year-old Priscilla Uqualla and her friend boarded a Valley Metro Light Rail and at the next stop, the victim and two teens also boarded the light rail.

An argument began between Uqualla's friend, the victim, and his two teen friends.

As the group exited the light rail at a platform near Central Avenue and Indian School Road, Uqualla told authorities she had a folding knife when she exited the light rail.

Police said the victim and his two friends began to fight Uqualla's friend on the light rail platform.

Uqualla told authorities she thought the teens were going to harm her and she pushed the victim with the hand that she was holding the knife, causing her to stab the victim in the chest.

The victim, identified by police as Quortez Conley, was taken to a hospital where he died.

Uqualla claimed she did not want to stab the victim but only meant push him away from her friend.

Surveillance video showed the fight began by one of the teens hitting Uquallas' friend.

Police said the video did not show any of those involved in the fight turning towards Uqualla during the altercation.

After the fight broke up and the victim realized he was stabbed, police said Uqualla ran from the light rail platform and threw the knife into a field in the area.

Police said Uqualla returned the scene and was taken into custody. Officers also found she was in possession of methamphetamine which was found in her purse, according to court documents.

Uqualla was booked and is facing charges for second-degree murder and possession of a dangerous drug.


A GoFundMe page has been created by Quortez Conley's family for support.