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Philip Grundy | Courtesy of the Waterbury Police Department

Meriden teen fatally stabbed in Waterbury Monday night

WATERBURY — Police on Tuesday arrested the man they say fatally stabbed a city teen during a fight Monday night.

Brandon Feliciano, 17, of Meriden, was killed during the incident on James Street in Waterbury at about 6 p.m. Monday. Waterbury police accused Philip Grundy, 39, of 18 James St., of stabbing Feliciano in the chest and stabbing Jeffrey Gomez, 23, of Waterbury, in the lower back during the fight.

Feliciano was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Gomez’ injuries were not life-threatening and he was listed in stable condition Tuesday, according to police.

Grundy, who fled the scene before police arrived, was found on Draher Street in Waterbury Tuesday afternoon and taken into custody on murder and first-degree assault charges, according to a statement from acting Deputy Police Chief Chris Corbett. Grundy was held in lieu of $1 million bail and is scheduled to appear this morning in Waterbury Superior Court.

The fight stemmed from an earlier dispute between Gomez’ girlfriend and Grundy’s girlfriend, Corbett said. Teenagers took to social media Monday night and Tuesday morning, reflecting on Feliciano and the incident. Grief counselors were available to middle and high school students in Meriden, according to School Superintendent Mark D. Benigni

Feliciano attended Platt High School in Meriden before transferring to the school system’s Venture Academy. The academy, on Paddock Avenue on the Rushford Center campus, is an alternative school for students with emotional and behavioral issues.

“He was my student for a couple years,” said Mark Hedrick, former supervisor for Venture Academy. Hedrick is now a special education administrator in Plymouth. “He was a good kid.”

Hedrick said he heard from academy staff that Tuesday was a tough day for the students who were struggling with the news.

“He did OK in school ... he was looking to do something with his life. He wanted to take charge. He was giving it his best effort to change things,” Hedrick said.

The incident is very sad, Hedrick said. He said he feels for the family, who only wanted the best for him.

“He had difficulties,” Hedrick said. “But he recognized that. In his heart he was trying to do the right thing. We tried to help him with that.”

Jessica Alers, a sophomore at Venture Academy, remembered Feliciano. They attended the same schools and also lived near each other, in the Maple Street area.

“He was funny,” Alers said. “He cared about a lot of people. He was always there to cheer you up. He loved to hang out with people.”

Alers said she hadn’t seen Feliciano since he spent time at Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, she said.

Alers said she was upset to hear the news of Feliciano’s death. She and her peers are still trying to get over the death of Deandre Felton, a city youth who was stabbed last September on Kensington Avenue, she said.

“Last month made a year,” Alers said. “It’s kind of hard. Now we lost another friend.” (203) 317-2279 Twitter: @KPrimicerioRJ

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