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Statement regarding the tragic death on a RIPTA bus today

EastBayRI reports on the domestic dispute that played out this morning on a RIPTA bus in Portsmouth, tragically ending in the stabbing death of the victim.

RIPTA has release the following statement.

February 27, 2013

It is with a heavy heart RIPTA acknowledges that an incident onboard Route 60 Outbound, which occurred early this morning, resulted in the death of one of our passengers. At present, there is an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the Portsmouth Police Department. This was an isolated incident and passengers should still feel safe using RIPTA’s services. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and family.

Joint Statement from Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, RIPTA Chairman & Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, and RIPTA Interim Executive Director & State Police Lt. Col. Raymond Studley:

“We first want to express our condolences to the family of the victim and our support for the passengers and driver who witnessed this troubling incident. This was an isolated event and Rhode Islanders should continue to have full confidence in their safety while using RIPTA. We have full confidence that the Portsmouth Police will conduct a full and thorough investigation and we will assist that investigation in any way possible.”

EastBayRI reports that the perpetrator was arrested this afternoon.

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