Man Arrested in Killing of Teen Found Dead on Brooklyn Beach

Christian Ferdinand was charged with second-degree murder of 14-year-old Shaniesha Forbes.

Posted: 05/16/2013 11:54 AM EDT

Police have arrested Christian Ferdinand, 20, of Limestone, Maine, in connection to the killing of Shaniesha Forbes, 14, whose dead body was found burnt on a Brooklyn Beach in January. 

Ferdinand is charged with second-degree murder, according to NBC News New York.

Shaniesha disappeared two days before she was found dead with burns to her hands, arms and legs. Medical examiners say she was smothered to death.

Reports say that Ferdinand and Shaniesha knew each other before the incident. Her family believes they met online, but no specific details on their relationship have been revealed. 

The teenager's family held a vigil in celebration of what would have been her 15th birthday last month at Gerritsen Beach where she died. 

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(Photo: Courtesy Shaniesha Forbes Family)

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