The body of 15-year-old Sabriya McLean from New Castle, Del. was found on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
The teen had been stabbed 80 times and set on fire by who police say is 23-year-old Cole Swaringer-Herring. Sabriya met Cole met on Facebook.
According to local news station WPVI-TV, McLean and Swaringer-Herring met in person on Monday night. It is unknown how long they knew each other previously, or when they met through Facebook. Police claim the suspect brutalized and killed the young victim during that encounter. Swaringer-Herring confessed the crime to his parents, who were away when the alleged murder happened but returned home. The man’s parents contacted the police the next day.
Cole was arrested at the murder scene where Sabriya’s body was found under a pile of leaves. He has been charged with murder, arson, and abuse of a corpse among other related offenses.
Parents, older siblings, cousins, etc. — if there’s a young person in your life, now would be an excellent time to have a quick chat with them about strangers and online safety. Your words may end up saving a life.