Two charged in connection with fatal stabbing in Granite City

News-DemocratOctober 7, 2013 

— Two people have been charged in connection with the stabbing death of a 20-year-old woman and the stabbing of a man early Sunday at the Quik Trip in Granite City.

Breanna D. Maldonado, 18, of the 2700 block of Nameoki Road in Granite City, was charged by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office with first-degree murder in the death of Kaitlin N. Juenger, 20, of 2615 Arlington, Collinsville.

Maldonado is being held without bond.

Antonio M. Carlin, 18, of the 3300 block of Liberty Street, St. Louis, was charged with aggravated battery. His bond was set at $50,000.

Granite City police responded to a disturbance call at the Quik Trip at 2159 Madison Avenue in Granite City at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The altercation took place in the parking lot of the convenience store. When officers arrived, the found Juenger and a second person, Hugo Valenzuela, in the parking lot with stab wounds, according to Granite City Police Capt. Ken Rozell.

The stabbing suspects had already fled the scene but were caught a short time later. Juenger and Valenzuela were taken to Gateway Medical Center.

Juenger was pronounced dead at 2:59 a.m. Sunday and Valenzuela was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Maldonado and Carlin were to be taken to the Madison County Jail on Monday evening.

An autopsy determined Juenger died as a result of the injuries she received in the stabbing.

Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller said they do not anticipate any further charges, but the investigation is continuing.

Funeral arrangements for Juenger are pending at the Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville.

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