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New Jersey boy, 17, fatally stabs his 20-year-old sister during argument

By Mason White 11:02 AM December 29, 2013
Travis Gallo and Teia Gallo 

By: Sarah Weiss
A young woman is dead after being stabbed by her own brother, according to court proceedings in New Jersey.

Hackensack Police said that a 17-year-old boy, whose family was described by friends and neighbors as being affectionate and very close, was charged on Friday, with killing his 20-year-old sister, Teia Gallo, during an argument at her home in Washington Township.

Travis Gallo, who grew up with 11 brothers and sisters, was charged as a juvenile during a closed hearing in Superior Court of Hackensack. Authorities later said they are considering whether to charge him as an adult.

On Thursday night, Travis used a kitchen knife to repeatedly stab his sister until she died.

Their father, Dr. Robert James Gallo, an obstetrics gynecologist whose practice is in Hackensack, said on Friday, that the family was “devastated.” He also said that he has no idea what their children had been arguing about.

“Two lives were lost,” the father said. “It’s a tragedy,” he added.

Gallo faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted of murder in juvenile court. However, he faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted of murder in Supreme Court.