Teen suspect was 'smiling and laughing' during fatal stabbing at Michigan high school

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.

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A fatal stabbing happened between two girls at Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Mich. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press/TNS via Getty Images)
Victoria Oraczko, center, 16, of Warren, is comforted by her friends after she was interviewed and released after the stabbing that occurred in her classroom at Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Mich. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press/TNS via Getty Images)
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Warren Police patrol Warren Fitzgerald High School after a student was stabbed at the school, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Warren, Mich. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)
Warren Fitzgerald High School students are released from lockdown after a student was stabbed on campus Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Warren, Mich. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)
Warren police investigate a stabbing of a student at Warren Fitzgerald High School, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Warren, Mich. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)
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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.

 

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