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UPDATE: Suspect in teen's murder in court

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Anthony Wayne Kirkland (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Department) Anthony Wayne Kirkland (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Department)

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WINTON HILLS, OH (FOX19) - Grief counselors will be at the School for Creative and Performing Arts on Monday to help students deal with the loss of a classmate.

Esme Kenney, 13, was found murdered Sunday morning near Winton Road.  She was a double major in voice and cello at SCPA and was in the school choir. Many students and staff wore pink and red ribbons to honor Kenney, said Janet Walsh, a spokeswoman for Cincinnati Public Schools.

Students at the school started taking the Ohio Graduation Test on Monday, but anyone who did not feel up to taking the test in the wake of their classmate's death will be allowed to make up the test later, Walsh said. All other CPS schools are taking their tests as scheduled.

Kenney went jogging around the water reservoir near her home in the 5900 block of Winton Ridge Lane Saturday afternoon and never returned home. Her parents knew her route, and when she didn't come back, they called police.

Police issued a critical missing alert for her, but it was called off Sunday morning after a body was found near Winton Road.

Police aren't saying how she died, but police have arrested Anthony Wayne Kirkland, 40, for her murder.

Kirkland was arrainged on Monday morning, and his bond was set at $5.3 million.

He was released from prison five months ago and lived a few blocks away as a convicted sex offender.

Just last week, several warrants for his arrest were issued for failing to update his address as a sex offender, and for abducting a 3-year-old and his mother.

He'd been convicted of trying to have sex with another 13-year-old girl. In 2005, he went on trial for a knife point rape. and he was acquitted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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