Sheriff: 2 children among 3 dead in Boone County stabbing

Two children are among the three people dead in a Boone County stabbing. Katie Farrell-Pena, 3, Nikki Romero-Pena, 12, and Monique Pena, 31, are dead following a Sunday night stabbing in Northern Kentucky. A fourth person, 36-year-old Matthew Farrell, was also wounded in the stabbing. It happened around 9 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Overland Ridge in Walton, Kentucky.According to investigators, deputies arriving on the scene found four peopled with multiple stab wounds. Katie Farrell-Pena, Nikki Romero-Pena and Monique Pena were pronounced dead at the scene. Matthew Farrell was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with stab wounds to the torso, neck and upper body, investigators said. He has since been discharged and is expected to survive. Authorities say he is cooperating with the investigation.Officials say that Monique Pena and Matthew Farrell were longtime boyfriend and girlfriend. The 3-year-old child was theirs. The 12-year-old was hers from a previous relationship, they said.Circumstances surrounding the stabbing still remain unclear. “This is a relatively quiet area,” said Lt. Philip Ridgell with the sheriff’s office. “We have had problems in the past, but in a place so densely populated — a subdivision like this so large — that’s certainly not uncommon. But something to this magnitude is almost unheard of.”The investigation remains active and ongoing, authorities say.Investigators are saying the aggressor did not come from outside. It’s one of the four inside, so there is no suspect on the loose, they said. Right now investigators say they’re drawing no conclusions. They’ll see what the evidence says and that could take some time.Nikki Romero-Pena, the 12 year old victim, was a 6th grade student at Gray Middle School within Boone County Schools. The district released a statement Monday afternoon which reads in part, “Gray Middle School has implemented our district’s Emergency Response Plan in an effort to provide an appropriate response to the situation. Over the next several days students and staff will be observed for signs of distress which may indicate a need for additional support and guidance. Counselors are available for students who need or want to express their feelings.”

WALTON, Ky. —

Two children are among the three people dead in a Boone County stabbing.

Katie Farrell-Pena, 3, Nikki Romero-Pena, 12, and Monique Pena, 31, are dead following a Sunday night stabbing in Northern Kentucky.

A fourth person, 36-year-old Matthew Farrell, was also wounded in the stabbing.

It happened around 9 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Overland Ridge in Walton, Kentucky.

According to investigators, deputies arriving on the scene found four peopled with multiple stab wounds.

Katie Farrell-Pena, Nikki Romero-Pena and Monique Pena were pronounced dead at the scene.

Matthew Farrell was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with stab wounds to the torso, neck and upper body, investigators said. He has since been discharged and is expected to survive. Authorities say he is cooperating with the investigation.

Officials say that Monique Pena and Matthew Farrell were longtime boyfriend and girlfriend. The 3-year-old child was theirs. The 12-year-old was hers from a previous relationship, they said.

Circumstances surrounding the stabbing still remain unclear.

“This is a relatively quiet area,” said Lt. Philip Ridgell with the sheriff’s office. “We have had problems in the past, but in a place so densely populated — a subdivision like this so large — that’s certainly not uncommon. But something to this magnitude is almost unheard of.”

The investigation remains active and ongoing, authorities say.

Investigators are saying the aggressor did not come from outside. It’s one of the four inside, so there is no suspect on the loose, they said. Right now investigators say they’re drawing no conclusions. They’ll see what the evidence says and that could take some time.

Nikki Romero-Pena, the 12 year old victim, was a 6th grade student at Gray Middle School within Boone County Schools. The district released a statement Monday afternoon which reads in part, “Gray Middle School has implemented our district’s Emergency Response Plan in an effort to provide an appropriate response to the situation. Over the next several days students and staff will be observed for signs of distress which may indicate a need for additional support and guidance. Counselors are available for students who need or want to express their feelings.”

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