Teenage girl stabbed to death by friend over sweet-and-sour sauce in front of McDonald’s

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to authorities, a 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a friend during a fight over sauces from McDonald’s.

The girl and her group of friends went to a D.C. area McDonald’s around 2:00 a.m., on Sunday, August 27th. While riding in the back of the car, an argument over the sweet and sour sauce ensued between the teens.

The fight continued outside of the car in front of the McDonald’s, which is when the young teenage girl, identified as Naima Liggon, was allegedly stabbed twice by another 16-year-old. The girls drove her to a nearby hospital where she later died.

Police stopped the alleged suspect, who was walking alone a block away from the stabbing scene. She had a black folding knife in her possession.

According to the press release from the police department, the 16-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.

On Monday, August 29th, the teen girl appeared at a hearing in D.C. Superior Court. Detective Brendan Jasper testified that Liggon was stabbed in an argument over sweet-and-sour-sauce among three girls outside the McDonald’s just after 2:00 a.m.

The detective said that Liggon and another girl began hitting the 16-year-old suspect and as they tried to get into the vehicle, the suspect “lunged” at Liggon with a seven inch pocketknife, hitting her in the chest and abdomen.

The teen girl has pleaded “not involved,” which is the juvenile equivalent of not guilty. Her attorney has argued that she acted in self-defense in the dispute started by the other girls.

However, prosecutors argued back, saying she was the only person who brought a knife to a fistfight. D.C. Superior Court Judge Sherri Beatty-Arthur said in a statement, “At the end of the day, someone is dead over a dispute over sauce.”

According to reports, a curfew for youth in certain areas of D.C. will start Friday, September 1st in a city-wide effort to reduce violent juvenile crime.

Under the new curfew, children 16 and younger must be off the streets from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and midnight to 6 a.m. on weekends. These curfew plans were in place prior to the stabbing of Liggon.

People in the proposed curfew areas said that this is a step in the right direction. Zakeya, a mother of four, said, “With all the carjackings and shootings and things like that, I feel like it’s good for my community, to have a curfew in place now.”

After witnessing incidents in the past, she fully supports the plan to enforce curfews. She added, "I do see a lot of people around, like juveniles late at night, and they be walking around just looking or checking doors and things like that.”

Starting September 1st, officers will begin picking up unsupervised kids ages 16 and younger if they are out during the set curfew hours. Those kids will then be taken to the Department of Youth Services.

Although a step in the right direction, some neighborhood leaders say that there are better solutions that can provide long-term results.

ANC Commissioner Josh Jacobson said in a statement, “Making sure that we have the resources that we need for them and not jump back into policies that I think will put more kids in the system and then increase crime in the long-term. Part of it is making sure you know where your kids are; it’s going to be hard at any given moment to know where their kids are at any given moment.”
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