Johnathan Rickman, a 17-year-old West Bloomfield resident and junior student at Walled Lake Western High School, died Saturday of a single stab wound after an altercation at a party, according to police and confirmed by the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office Sunday afternoon.
One, 15-year-old male suspect was taken into custody after police went to the 7300 block of Rafford, where the stabbing allegedly occurred before 5 p.m. after the altercation beginning inside had moved to the street. According to West Bloomfield Police Lt. Tim Diamond, a small gathering of teenagers led to a fight out on to the street where Rickman was stabbed once with a kitchen knife. Diamond said that a friend drove Rickman to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and was still living upon arrival, but could not be saved.
Police then went to the home in the 7300 block of Rafford and took the suspect in to custody. The investigation is being turned over to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office and arraignment is expected to be heard Monday afternoon, according to Diamond.
At Western High Monday, community relations director Judy Evola said that grief counselors, social workers, and psychologists were on hand to help students cope with the tragic situation. "The family is asking for privacy at the moment," Evola added.
Funeral arrangements by the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington are pending.