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Raina Thaiday, AKA Mersane Warria, ID’d as Cairns Stabbing Suspect

Raina Thaiday, known as Mersane Warria, was identified as the suspect in the Cairns, Australia, stabbing that left eight children dead on Friday, according to local reports.
Raina Thaiday, known as Mersane Warria, was identified as the suspect in the Cairns, Australia, stabbing that left eight children dead on Friday, according to local reports.

Raina Thaiday, known as Mersane Warria, was identified as the suspect in the Cairns, Australia, stabbing that left eight children dead on Friday, according to...




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