NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 14-year-old girl was stabbed to death at a bus stop along Dickerson Pike late Monday night.
The stabbing happened just before 10 p.m. in the parking lot near a bus stop at the Walmart located at 3458 Dickerson Pike.
According to a release, Malia Powell and another teenage girl exchanged words inside the store, which continued into the parking lot and to the nearby bus stop.
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The teen suspect reportedly asked Powell if she wanted to fight and then charged at her while holding a pocketknife, according to Metro police. After the stabbing, the suspect ran away toward Doverside Drive.
Investigators do no believe Powell and the suspect knew each other prior to the stabbing. The suspect was described as white with brown and purple hair.
Metro police told News 2 that they are investigating potential suspects since the attack was recorded on a cell phone. No arrests have been made at this time.
Metro Nashville Public Schools released a statement, saying the district is “saddened by the tragic death of Malia Powell Ridley.” She was a rising 9th grader who had recently completed 8th grade at Bellevue Middle and was enrolled to attend Hillwood High in the upcoming school year, according to MNPS spokesperson Sean Braisted.
“Our deepest sympathies are with her family and the Bellevue Middle community. Our student support services team is working with the school administration to provide counseling for any students or staff who need it.”Sean Braisted
Three Bellevue Middle teachers who knew Malia had this to say about their former student:
“Malia Powell Ridley was an amazing member of the Bellevue Community. Malia was a cheerleader who encouraged her team to work hard, a loyal friend to many, and strived to grow in her academics. She was a leader amongst her peers, motivating everybody to be their best selves. Malia’s bubbly, energetic, and funny personality will be missed at Bellevue Middle School.”Breanna McKenzie, EmmaJulia Jones, and Wojciechowski Danielle
Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity is asked to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
No other information was immediately released.
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