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Everett man charged in fatal stabbing of South End man

Body was found under overpass

An Everett man was arrested Tuesday evening and charged in the killing of a South End man whose body was found last month beneath an Interstate 93 overpass, the Suffolk district ­attorney announced.

Authorities believe that Christopher W. Powell, 39, stabbed Corey Thompson, 44, to death during an altercation last month, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement Tuesday night.

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Thompson was found Feb. 25 when a passerby noticed his body beneath the overpass near Albany and Traveler streets.

An autopsy indicated that Thompson had been stabbed.

No further information on the killing or the arrest was ­released Tuesday night.

“It was a shock,” Martha ­Moran, the half-sister of Thompson, said of his death. “He was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I’m happy,” she said of the arrest. “I wish it had been less time in finding someone, but I understand.”

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Moran said that she did not know if the suspect and her brother knew each other and added that State Police were not able to reveal many details to her family, because the slaying is under investigation.

Born in Framingham, Thompson was a hair stylist at Diego’s Salon on Newbury Street, where Moran said he was popular with customers.

When he was not working, he liked to spend time at his condominium in Florida, she said.

“He was a very nice boy,” Moran said.

Moran, 68, was pregnant during the same time that Thompson’s mother was expect­ing him.

“When he was born, I used to hold him and rock him,” she said. “My firstborn and he used to play all the time.

“My children adored him,” she said. “He was the coolest uncle they could have.”

Moran said people from all over Boston drove to attend her brother’s wake in Marlborough.

“He was always a hoot,” she added, “very loved, very giving, very kind.”

After his arrest, Powell admitted to stabbing Thompson in a statement to investigators, Conley’s office said.

Powell will be arraigned Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court.

Melanie Dostis can be reached at melanie.dostis@globe.com.

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