The 17-year-old girl accused of stabbing a fellow straight-A student “was smiling and laughing” as she chased her classmate through their Michigan high school, police said.
Tanaya Lewis was charged with one count of first-degree murder Friday afternoon in the death 16-year-old Danyna Gibson, WXYZ reported. Prosecutors said the teens were between classes at Fitzgerald High School when Lewis approached Danyna with a kitchen-style steak knife and stabbed her twice in the chest — once directly in her heart — the morning of Sept. 12.
The teen victim attempted to flee, but fell to the ground, where Lewis began punching her and stabbing her, also puncturing Danyna’s lung.
A teacher managed to push the suspect away, but Lewis attempted to get around the adult, allegedly shouting “I’m going to kill her” as she continued to lunge at the victim.
A school resource officer, already stationed at the Warren school, arrived on the scene within seconds and performed CPR until first responders arrived. Danyna was rushed to St. John’s Oakland Hospital where she was pronounced dead a few hours later.
Authorities have said they believe the deadly confrontation was over a boy.
During her arraignment Friday, Lewis was ordered to be held without bail. She is facing the possibility of life behind bars without parole. She will return to court Sept. 27.