• Vigil held for 8-year-old killed by mother's boyfriend

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    UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A vigil was held Monday night for an 8-year-old Lawrence County boy who was killed by his mother's boyfriend.

    Mark Mason was stabbed to death by Keith Burley. Police said Burley stabbed him following a domestic dispute with Mason's mother while they were in a car with her two children.

    The event showed New Castle standing strong as many turned out to remember Mason. The Shenango football team showed up to support the family with balloons of their team colors. Many wrote messages to Mason as they said goodbye Monday night.

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    Burley allegedly kidnapped the boys and took them to a house in Union Township. Police said that's where Mark Mason, known as Markie, started to fight back. He was stabbed multiple times.

    The other child, who is 7 years old, was not hurt, authorities said.

    A GoFundMe has been established to help the family of Markie Mason.

    Burley was arrested hours after the stabbing in Youngstown, Ohio. A judge ordered that he come back to Pennsylvania to face homicide and other charges.


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