Teen found stabbed to death on Cobb playground

The body of a 17-year-old was found on a Cobb County residential playground Monday, police said.

Naseer Benefield had been stabbed multiple times when police arrived to the 6600 block of Mableton Parkway, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The teen’s grandfather, Kalem Hasan, told Channel 2 he feared the worst when Benefield didn’t answer his phone.

Hasan last saw his grandson Sunday night, just before he left to get their dinner.

“In fact, the dinner is still up on the stove waiting for him,” Hasan told the news station.

A security guard later showed Hasan a photo of a teenager lying face down. The photo didn’t show the teen above the waist, but the shoes looked familiar, Hasan said.

Hours later, police confirmed the body belonged to Benefield.

The teen had just moved in with his grandfather last week in an attempt to get his life back on track, Channel 2 reported.

“He had a handful of money, and blood on it,” Hasan said.

No information about a possible motive or suspect(s) has been released by Cobb police.

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