LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a Walmart store and a 13-year-old girl is now accused of her murder, reports say.
Three other girls, ages 12, 13, and 14, also have been arrested in connection with the teen’s death, KATC Channel 3 reports. Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the girls stole knives while in the store to stab the victim, KATC reports.
A news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says the 15-year-old was stabbed during a fight with the other girls. The victim was taken to a hospital but she died of her wounds.
One of the 13-year-old girls has been charged with second-degree murder, while the other three are charged with principal to second-degree murder, the news release says.
In a news conference Sunday, Mancuso said the incident had been recorded on social media.
“We have a problem in our community we’re going to have to address,” Mancuso said, according to KATC. “They come from all backgrounds, all races, this is just a problem we are having with children having access to weapons, or stealing weapons.
“It’s just heartbreaking when we have to come in and pick up the pieces because so many families are damaged. … This is a cycle that we have to stop and we’re just fed up with it.”
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