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Man killed in stabbing at HS basketball game in Trenton: prosecutors

Trenton Mayor calls for investigation into fatal stabbing at basketball game
Trenton Mayor calls for investigation into fatal stabbing at basketball game 01:59

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) -- A 23-year-old man is dead after a stabbing at a high school basketball game in Trenton, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday night.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. during a Mercer County Tournament game between Trenton and Notre Dame High Schools at CURE Insurance Arena on Hamilton Avenue.

Prosecutors said the victim, Khalil Glanton, was stabbed multiple times inside the arena after a fight broke out.

Glanton was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Trenton Superintendent James Earle released a statement Friday morning that said Glanton was a Trenton Central High School alum who graduated in 2019.

No current students were involved in the fight, but everyone involved was warned to stay away from the school.

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora is calling for an investigation into the incident. Some students say they're now nervous to attend big school events.

Security at CURE Insurance Arena is private, but metal detectors were in use.

Gusciora, who attended the tournament, says the city should be celebrating, not mourning.

"Every day, we have athletes, cheerleaders, coaches get up every day to do the right thing, but for a minority of persons that want to do harm ... this otherwise would have been a joyous event," the mayor said.

Additional law enforcement will be present inside the school and around the campus.

"The past two weeks have been traumatic for our TPS family," Earle said. "Students and staff have experienced tragic events happening inside schools, within our community, and watched them unfold across the country."

Another fight broke out Thursday night in Cherry Hill during a basketball game between Camden and Eastside.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association is aware of both incidents.

CBS News Philadelphia reached out to both schools. neither of them wanted to comment on camera, but in statements they both said they're offering counselors for students and staff

"The NJSIAA is monitoring the situations related to yesterday's basketball games in Camden and Mercer County, while awaiting additional information from authorities and all involved schools," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "Certainly, our hearts go out to the family and friends of the stabbing victim in Mercer County."  

At Trenton Central, there were additional police officers as a precaution.

Students say the feeling inside was different.

"It's pretty concerning because already as it is a lot of stuff that's been happening and you never know what gonna happen next," Franklin Giron, a student, said.

There's no word about what led up to the stabbing.  

No arrests have been made.

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