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A group of four girls has been accused of attacking a teen girl inside a Louisiana grocery store, stabbing her to death over the weekend in a killing that police said was streamed live over social media.
A fight broke out between “several young girls” inside a Lake Charles grocery store on Saturday evening, resulting in a 15-year-old girl getting stabbed, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office stated in a Sunday press release.
The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she later died. Detectives determined that four middle school-age girls were allegedly responsible. The four girls, aged 12 to 14, were arrested and booked into a juvenile detention center as a result. None of their names have been revealed, as they are minors.
One of the girls has been charged with second-degree murder, while the other three have been charged with principal to second-degree murder. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso held a press conference on Sunday night where he said that the suspects “stole knives from the actual store” where the murder took place.
Mancuso said that the incident marks the third local homicide involving children in this age group within six months. He called it a “cycle we have to stop,” and said it’s an issue that the community cannot police its way out of. He described the homicides as a “parenting issue” and he pleaded with local parents and other supervising adults to look after their children.
“It is really heartbreaking when we have to come in and pick up the pieces because so many families are damaged after this,” he added.
A motive for the stabbing has not been revealed. Evidence used to arrest the young suspects was uncovered from videos posted to social media, the sheriff said.
“Our whole case unfolded before us through live Facebook and Instagram … we have videos of everything that took place, and it’s very disturbing,” he said. “The whole murder was played out on [social media] so, again, there appeared to be no remorse. It was very cold to see 12, 13, 14 and 15-year-olds acting this way and we as a society can’t tolerate it. We cannot let this plague and take over our community.”
Mancuso claimed that in the midst of the pandemic when there is not much to do, local kids are “getting violent.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.
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