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Police: Arizona man 'Just felt like killing' 12-year-old boy

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Austin Tapia was supposed to be safe at home playing video games with his older brother. Their mom went to grab dinner when police say Austin's brother stabbed him to death.

"He was wonderful beautiful smile cute laugh," said Stephanie Richie.

He was in 6th grade, loved dirt bike racing, and playing games. Now Austin Tapia's friends and family just want to know why his big brother would hurt him.

"He was a wonderful kid you couldn't help but love him, just... he's going to be missed so much," said Richie.

Austin's brother 27 year-old Andrew Ward called police from a Circle K a few blocks away from the home.

Investigators say he confessed to stabbing Austin, saying he honestly just felt like killing.

Ward didn't show any emotion hours after confessing to killing his brother.

Prosecutors called him a serious threat to the community. "The defendant in this case killed his little brother for no other reason than apparently I just felt like killing," said a prosecutor.

Investigators says Ward suffers from depression, drug addiction, and has a history of domestic violence.

Grief counselors were brought in to talk to Austin's class at Paseo Hills Elementary School.

"It's sad to have his own brother stab him to death. People kept talking about him and like saying how badly they miss him and crying and stuff" said student Brooke Duhigg.

We're told Austin's mother is devastated that her youngest son is dead and her oldest son accused of killing him.

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