Alexandria, Virginia, High School Student Fatally Stabbed During Fight at Bradlee Shopping Center – NBC4 Washington | #students | #parents


A high school student in Alexandria, Virginia, has died after someone stabbed him during a fight involving 30 to 50 people at the Bradlee Shopping Center Tuesday afternoon, police say.

Officers found 18-year-old  Luis Mejia Hernandez when they arrived to the McDonald’s parking lot at the shopping center to break up the fight about 12:30 p.m., police said.

Medics took Hernandez, a student at Alexandria City High School, to a hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

The school’s principal, Peter Balas, said in a letter to students and parents that Hernandez would “be greatly missed by the Titan community, especially in the International Academy.”

“On behalf of the entire Titan staff, I would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathies to Luis’ family and loved ones. Luis will be deeply missed, and will always and forever be a Titan,” Balas said.

The letter also said that the school would do virtual learning on Wednesday to allow students the time and space to grieve. The letter did not mention the fight.

Police tape blocked off the McDonald’s parking lot, where shoes and other items littered the ground after the fight.

An 18-year-old student died after someone stabbed him during a massive fight at the Bradlee Shopping Center. News4’s Drew Wilder reports.

Investigators are combing through surveillance video and interviewing witnesses to the fight, police said.

Alexandria City High School put its King Street and Minnie Howard campuses on a “secure the building” status due to the stabbing and school officials said they would stagger afternoon dismissal so that students would leave in smaller groups led by staff.

Police do not have a suspect in custody.

The shopping center on King Street is a popular lunch spot for students from the high school.

Last September, a teen was shot near the same McDonald’s.

No further information was immediately available about the stabbing.

Stay with News4 for updates to this developing story.



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