(UnitedVoice.com) – When a parent allows their child to go to a fast food restaurant, there’s an expectation that they will come home. That was not the case when a 16-year-old girl visited a McDonald’s in the nation’s capital.
On August 27, the Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement about a homicide that took place earlier that day. According to authorities, officers responded to a call from a local hospital informing them that a teenage girl came to the facility just after 2 a.m. local time, seeking treatment for stab wounds. Medical personnel tried their best to perform life-saving measures on her, but she died from her injuries.
Updated information on the arrest made in a homicide that occurred on Sunday, August 27, 2023, in the 1900 block of 14th Street, Northwest.
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Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch investigated the stabbing and found out that it happened outside of a local McDonald’s. The victim was identified as 16-year-old Naima Liggon.
Reports indicate Naima was at the fast food restaurant with another girl. The two of them ordered food and then got into a car together. While inside the vehicle, they started arguing over the sauces they received in their bag. The teen then fatally stabbed Naima.
Later that day, police arrested the unnamed girl. She’s been charged with second-degree murder. She had a knife in her possession when police took her into custody.
The suspect appeared in court the day after the shooting and alleged the stabbing was done in self-defense. She said she was trying to protect herself after the victim and another person knocked her to the ground.
Shanif Pearl, the principal of Thomas Stone High School, spoke about the victim’s death calling it a “heartbreaking and tragic time” for the community. She was set to go back to school the very next day.
Naima’s family also released a statement about her death, saying she “was a beautiful, smart, funny, and unique young lady,” who was loved by many people. She was in training to be a master barber at the time of her death. The family called her murder “senseless” and grieved for the life she would not have or experience.
The family had advice for other parents: “Love on your kids.”
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