A fifteen year old girl has been charged with murder after stabbing sixteen year old Kayla Green to death in Mount Vernon. According to police reports Kayla Green and other students were celebrating their high schools recent State championship win when the alleged teen killer would stab Kayla Green and injure another student. Kayla Green would die from her injuries. Kayla Green family has said that the alleged teen killer had a history of bullying their daughter. The alleged teen killer has not been named due to her age however if she is charged as an adult chances are her name will be released in the future.
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Mount Vernon Police Investigating Fatal Stabbing
For Immediate Release: Mount Vernon, NY April 8, 2022
Today, at approximately 3:55pm, Mount Vernon Police responded to the area of East Prospect and Gramatan Avenues. Upon arrival, respondent officers found multiple female combatants and discovered two minor females stabbed, one with non-life-threatening lacerations and the second with a critical stab wound. The gravely injured minor then succumbed to her injuries in transport to Jacobi Medical Center.
The Mount Vernon Police Department Wellness Division and City of Mount Vernon are working with the Mount Vernon School District, victims, family, and friends in real-time during this active investigation where we will be providing crisis counseling and support to those involved and impacted in this senseless tragedy.
The Mt. Vernon School District will provide counseling at Mount Vernon High School Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11am to 2pm. Community-based, individual and group, crisis and grief counseling will be available through Family Services of Westchester located at 6 Gramatan Avenue on Saturday, April 9th from 12noon to 3pm. The Guidance Center of Westchester will advertise their availability to service the community. FSW and SNUG can also be contacted directly for direct community engagement and services. We are also grateful to our faith community for stepping in to provide spiritual assistance, counseling and prayer.
Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard stated ‘I am devastated and completely outraged. We began our day celebrating the greatness and success of our youth and we ended it with a young life that has been taken by senseless and inexcusable violence. The mental emotional and spiritual health of our community especially of our children must be the priority and we must come together. As a community our common unity must be the safety and healthy development of our young people. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends and the entire community of Mount Vernon.”
Anyone with who has any information regarding the homicide is encouraged to contact the Mount Vernon Detective Division at 914-665-2510. You can also send an anonymous text message to (Text-a-Tip) by texting “MVPD” and your tip to 847411 (tip411).
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Members of the community gathered at city hall to mourn and heal. A rally in Green’s memory was held just hours after her family attended the suspect’s arraignment, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.
“Nobody deserves to die. Let our young people live up to their fullest potential,” City Councilman Derrick Thompson said.
People gathered to remember a special girl who had so much to look forward to.
Now her mother, Lavern Gordon, faces the ultimate agony of losing a child, who people say was full of joy and ready to conquer the world, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported.
Gordon got a hug after a difficult afternoon in court. She faced the girl accused of killing her daughter.
“Kayla was a beautiful big sister and a special young woman with dreams and ambitions of becoming a doctor one day. She was a cheerleader, a captain, an inspiration,” said Shannae Haywood, a spokesperson for the family.
“Kayla had plans. She wanted to go to Morgan State University. She wasn’t a kid who hung out on the street. She was a good kid,” coach Mikeya Knox said.
CBS2 was the only news team outside court as the family shared their anger and pain.
The deadly stabbing happened Friday, minutes after Green participated in a celebration of Mount Vernon’s state champion basketball team. As she left, a dispute unfolded a block away.
Prosecutors said the 15-year-old suspect came armed with a knife that she had shown off earlier on social media. There was a dispute as Kayla Green sat in a vehicle.
A Mount Vernon cop tried to intervene as the suspect allegedly stabbed Kayla Green in the back and side.
“We want to thank the police officer that risked his life to stop a mob of misguided, violent teens. We thank him and his partner for recognizing that Kayla needed life-saving treatment and their efforts to save her have not gone unnoticed,” Haywood said.
The name of the defendant has not been released due to her age.
In court, the prosecutor said the defendant took steps to hide evidence, including the knife, as she fled the scene after the stabbing.
The 15-year-old was located in nearby Dobbs Ferry after the FBI assisted Mount Vernon police with technology to track her smartphone, prosecutors said.
The office of Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah indicated the manslaughter charge may be upgraded when a grand jury reviews the case.
Rumors about alleged motives spread on social media. The suspect’s lawyer spoke exclusively with CBS2 after court.
“Everyone is jumping to conclusions. The things that are being said have nothing to do with what happened here,” defense attorney Pamela Hayes said.
Monday afternoon, upset residents gathered for an anti-violence event at the local Boys & Girls Club.
Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard told Aiello the senseless death of a promising young girl is an opportunity for parents to reengage with their own children.
“Who are their friends, who are they speaking to on social media? What pages do they have, what platforms are they communicating on?” Patterson-Howard said. “You have to get in your kid’s business.”
Hayes called it a tragic incident and hinted the suspect was acting in self-defense. Prosecutors strongly rejected that, saying the suspect showed a senseless and violent nature.
The Green family said the suspect had a history of bullying Kayla Green.