Police arrested four 12 to 14 year olds after a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death at a Walmart in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
On Saturday night, police responded to calls about a fight when they discovered the 15-year-old had been stabbed.
According to reports, the fight was between the victim and 4 other girls, all younger than the 15-year-old.
First responders took the victim to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the motive for the fight and attack is unknown.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso also said that the teens “stole knives from the actual store where they were at.”
“It is really heartbreaking when we have to come in and pick up the pieces because so many families are damaged after this,” he said.
“Our whole case unfolded before us through live Facebook and Instagram,” Mancuso added. “We have videos of everything that took place and it’s very disturbing. The whole murder was played out on [social media] so, again, there appeared to be no remorse. It was very cold to see 12, 13, 14, and 15-year-olds acting this way and we as a society can’t tolerate it. We cannot let this plague take over our community.”
Mancuso continued, “This is the third homicide in six months that we’ve had that involved juveniles that range from 11 to 16 years old. They come from all backgrounds, all races. This is just a problem that we are having with kids having access to weapons, or stealing weapons.”
All four teenagers were booked into a local juvenile detention center. At least one of them was charged with second-degree murder and the other three girls were charged with principal to second-degree murder.
The investigation is ongoing. Mancuso said that there could be additional arrests as more information comes in.