Teen’s killer still sought by police

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More than a week after Sabrina Matthews was found dead by her father inside her Cambria Heights home, authorities have yet to arrest the 14−year−old high school freshman’s killer, police said.

The city medical examiner determined Matthews’ throat was slashed and that she died of an wound to her larynx. She was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency personnel rushed to her home on 234th Street at around 1:15 p.m. Nov. 9, police said.

Neighbors described Matthews as a quiet girl who was in her first year at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village.

A police spokesman said there were no arrests in the case as of Monday.

A knife was found underneath Matthews’ bed, according to the New York Post.

The 14−year­old’s body was discovered by her father, Livingston Matthews. She was naked from the waist down, according to published reports.

Matthews was taken into a police car shortly after authorities arrived on the scene, but he was not considered to be a suspect, according to the Post.

The Post reported that police were looking into whether Matthews was killed by a boy she had met over the Internet. The paper said authorities identified nearly a half−dozen boys who the 14−year−old may have dated, including one member of the Bloods gang.

Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e−mail at or by phone at 718−229−0300, Ext. 173.

Updated 6:39 pm, October 10, 2011
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