Alexandria, Virginia, high school student fatally stabbed in Bradlee mall brawl – NBC4 Washington

A high school student from Alexandria, Va., died after someone stabbed him during a fight involving 30 to 50 people at the Bradlee Mall on Tuesday afternoon, police say.

Officers found Luis Mejia Hernandez, 18, when they pulled into the mall’s McDonald’s parking lot to break up the fight around 12:30 a.m., police said.

Doctors took Hernandez, a high school student from Alexandria City, to the hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

School principal Peter Balas said in a letter to students and parents that Hernandez would be “deeply missed by the Titan community, especially the International Academy.”

“On behalf of the entire Titan staff, I would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathy 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 all Alexandria City High School students would do virtual learning on Wednesday to give students time and space to grieve. Counselors will be available in schools and for remote appointments. The letter did not mention the fight.

A letter sent on Wednesday extended the virtual learning option until the end of the week.

“As I write this letter, a police investigation is ongoing, which has prompted us to offer synchronous virtual learning (live and online) across all four campuses of Alexandria City High School (ACHS) for the rest of the week,” Balas said. said.

A gang of police blocked the McDonald’s parking lot, where shoes and other items were strewn on the ground after the fight.

An 18-year-old student has died after someone stabbed him during a massive brawl at the Bradlee Mall. Reporting by News4’s Drew Wilder.

Investigators are combing through surveillance footage and interviewing witnesses to the scuffle, police said.

Alexandria City High School has put its King Street and Minnie Howard campuses on ‘building secure’ status due to the stabbings and school officials said they will stagger the layoff of the l afternoon so that the students leave in small groups led by the staff.

Police have no suspects in custody.

The King Street Mall is a popular eating place for high school students.

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

No further information was immediately available on the stabbings.

Resources for Alexandria City High School Students

Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. said schools will provide counselors to students. English and Spanish as well as interpretation services are available.

Advisors can be reached by emailCanvas or by calling 703-824-6800.

Students can also turn to crisis lines by texting CONNECT at 85511 or calling CrisisLink at 703-527-4077, CAHS Executive Director Peter Balas said.

The National Association of School Psychologists has tips for coping with grief.

Hutchings also encouraged parents to monitor their teens’ social media use, as disturbing videos of the abuse can circulate online.

“Encourage them not to view the video or share it with others,” he said.

Stay with News4 for updates to this developing story.

Edwin S. Wolfe