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Sep 4, 2011 6:29 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Student athlete dead after stabbing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a student athlete at Florida A&M University died after she was stabbed in the neck, and another young woman has been arrested.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports police said Shannon Washington died early Sunday. She was a member of the women's basketball team.

Police said they were summoned around 2 a.m. and found Washington, who was taken to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, where she died.

They said 20-year-old Starquineshia Palmer, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Police said the two had been arguing when Washington was stabbed.

University President James H. Ammons said in a statement, "Our hearts and prayers go out to Shannon's family and members of the Lady Rattlers Basketball Team."

The student government association planned to hold a vigil Sunday night in Washignton's honor.

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