WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- We continue to follow developing news out of Westfield. The victim who was found dead yesterday at Stanley Park has been identified as Nazar Tkach and a man has been arrested in connection to his death.

Western Mass News confirmed the victim's identity with family members at  Westfield District Court Friday.

Our crew who was inside the courtroom, reports the prosecution said the victim was a minor, meaning he was under the age of 18.

We are still working on confirming his exact age at this time. 

Westfield District Court Clerk's office told us that a suspect had been arrested in connection with the Stanley Park homicide.

They identified him as 19-year-old, Vadym Misiruk and said he was arrested  this morning and that he would be arraigned today in court.

Tkach's body was found at Stanley Park around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th in Westfield on Kensington Avenue with a gaping neck wound made by a cutting instrument. 

Court documents released to Western Mass News confirmed the assault of the victim took place on September 18th. 

Police have confirmed that they believed Misiruk assaulted and beat the victim on September 18th, which ultimately killed him. 

Misiruk is also facing charges for hitting four cops and punching a K9 last year. 

Western Mass News will have further information as soon as more details come into the newsroom.

Stay with Western Mass News on-air starting at 4 p.m. on CBS3 for the latest as we continue to follow this developing story.

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