They say it started as a typical teenage spat.
Girl likes boy. Boy likes other girl. Girl gets jealous.
In this case, police said one girl stabbed the other nine times, killing her. And the girls hadn’t even reached high school.
Sydney Dailey, 13, was outside on the front porch of her family’s home Saturday evening, talking with two girls she knew from school, her mother, Tanikka West said Sunday afternoon.
She’d had an ongoing dispute over a boy with one of the girls, Montoya Harris, for about a month. Both girls went to Madison Middle School.
But the girls were getting along when West and her husband, Carver West, went to the grocery store, leaving Sydney and her two older brothers at home. They hadn’t even made it to the store when one of the boys called her.
“Them girls did something to Sydney. You need to come home. She’s bleeding, bleeding bad,” one of the boys said, Tanikka West recalled.
When she returned, paramedics were attending to her daughter on the porch. She had been stabbed nine times, twice in the heart. She went into cardiac arrest and died at St. John Medical Center about an hour after the attack.
Tulsa police Detective Vic Regalado said Harris, 14, has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and is being held at the Tulsa County jail.
West said her daughter and the girls stayed outside on the porch because of one of her rules: no friends inside the house. Sydney also followed another of her mother’s rules: no boyfriends.
“We don’t play that boyfriend/girlfriend stuff. You’re 13 years old,” West had told her. She wasn’t dating the boy this whole dispute was about, West said. He was just a friend.
Regalado said Harris and the other girl went to Sydney’s home to confront her about 7:30 p.m. After the stabbing, someone picked up Harris and the other girl and drove them from the scene, he said.
Sydney’s brother heard the car speed away, and ran downstairs to find his sister bleeding on the front porch, West said. He called 911, then called his mother.
Police found Harris at her home about a mile away.
Investigators also found a knife outside Harris’ residence, but they haven’t determined whether it was the one used in the stabbing, police Detective Mark Robinson.
Police have interviewed the third girl and the person who drove her and Harris away from the scene, but neither had been arrested Sunday, Regalado said. Police did not release their identities.
Sydney, an eighth-grader, acted her age, said West, her mother. She still colored with crayons and wore clothes that “kept it covered up.”
Sydney made good grades, wrote poetry, sang in the choir and went to church. She played her first volleyball game last week.
“She was a model Christian kid. She was innocent,” West said.
Tears welled up in West’s eyes but she remained calm as she talked about her youngest child, “her baby.” Some family members who gathered at a relative’s home cried as they listened to her.
At one point, the family passed around a poetry book Sydney created.
No hatred toward suspect
The mother said she had tried to clean Sydney’s blood off the porch herself because she didn’t want a stranger to do it. A trail of red dots and a large crimson smear remained Sunday on the large cluttered porch, jutting out from the front of the blue and white home.
The neighborhood is a mixture of boarded up and vacant homes, large older houses and new brick homes.
Sydney’s family said they would get through this experience by turning to Jesus. West said she doesn’t feel any hatred toward Harris or her family and asked that people pray for them as well as her family.