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Group of prisoners attack, kill inmate convicted of murdering 2-year-old girl, authorities say

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RALEIGH, N.C. - An inmate at a North Carolina prison was assaulted by a group of inmates and killed, state officials said Tuesday.Semajs Short, 24, was attacked in a housing area at Bertie Correctional Institution by a number of other inmates around 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Public Safety said in a news release.Emergency workers at the prison performed life-saving measures until local paramedics arrived.

Short was pronounced dead by paramedics at 2:37 p.m., the news release said.Three other inmates were injured during the assault and were taken to a hospital outside the prison for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, the department said.RELATED: Retired Tampa police officer arrested on 100 counts of child pornography, TPD chief saysBack in 2017, Short had been sentenced to 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl, and to attempted murder of the toddler's grandmother.The murder happened in 2014, when Short was 17 years old.

According to WRAL, the shooting was in retaliation for the murder of one of Short's friends, when Short and several others decided to target the family of the suspect in their friend's death.

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