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Kent State student killed was at wrong place at wrong time, police say

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KENT, Ohio-- There will be an increase police presence at schools in the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District after a student was arrested in this weekend's murder near Kent State University.

Kent police said Nicholas Massa, 18, of Westlake, was found dead in an apartment at Ryan Place at about 4:45 p.m. The 17-year-old Stow High School student will be charged with delinquency by aggravated murder.

“Subjects came into the apartment with bandannas covering their face. We believe there were three subjects involved and they came inside the apartment and demanded money. Some altercation ensued and an 18-year-old Kent State student, Nicholas Massa, was shot during the altercation,” said Kent Police Lt. Michael Lewis. He suffered a single gunshot wound.

Investigators said the KSU freshman, who lived on campus and was visiting friends, was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District said they are working alongside Kent State and Kent police following the arrested of a student.

"The Stow Police Department will have an increased presence at the Stow Schools as a purely precautionary measure," superintendent Tom Bratten said in a statement on Monday. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased young man. This is just a tragedy."

A resource officer is at the high school and counselors will be on hand. According to a news release, police have not received any information indicating a higher threat level at the schools.

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