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Chaotic situation erupts in Enfield court during arraignment of man charged in teen’s stabbing death

ENFIELD -- Chaos erupted in an Enfield court during the arraignment of a man charged with stabbing a teenager to death.

Police arrested 18-year-old Shyhiem Adams and charged him with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Justin Brady.

Brady was found stabbed in the front yard of a home in town just after midnight Monday.

Adams is being held on $1 million bond pending his arraignment on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief Alaric Fox said the victim and the suspect knew each other and called it an isolated incident.

Brady was a junior at Enfield High School, where he played football and basketball. He did not live at the address where the stabbing took place.

The warrant for the arrest describes a fight between Adams and Brady. Police said in the warrant that Adams fled the scene and went to Hartford. He originally told police when he was questioned that he wasn't in Enfield but later changed his story.

Detectives spent a rainy Monday coming and going from the white ranch at 15 Hoover Lane in Enfield.

“I just think it’s insane. I’ve lived here my whole life. It’s a really safe neighborhood,” said Kristen Raffia of Enfield. “Mainly everyone knows each other here and we look out for each other.”

“Really just unacceptable. Say he didn’t do anything that people would just walk up and stab the poor kid,” remarked James Christensen, his classmate in high school.

Police were called just after midnight for a report of an assault.

They found Brady bleeding from multiple stab wounds, clinging to life as he was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

“We have identified an individual that I would characterize as a person of interest. We are seeking to locate and speak to him at this point,” said Enfield Police Chief Alaric Fox.

Brady, an Enfield High School student is a member of the football team. “He was really more of a sweetheart in general. I loved the kid to death and I barely knew him,” said classmate James Christensen.

Enfield Superintendent Christopher Drezek said he wants to make sure students come back to a welcoming environment after a brawl broke out in front of Enfield's Superior Court.

School officials said they are on alert for any issues on school grounds.

"We did request additional police presence mainly as a precaution. It's not something that's uncommon if there's an event," says Drezek.

Assistant Town Attorney Mark Cerrato’s son Michael, who was hanging out with Tyrieke Shyheim Adams, was on the docket Tuesday in Enfield Superior Court on an unrelated charge of larceny and violation of probation. A judge ordered his re-arrest and his bond was set at $2,500.

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