A teenager was reportedly stabbed to death as a result of a “dispute over sauce,” according to a Washington, D.C. judge.
Judge Sherri Beatty-Arthur ruled that the 16-year-old girl allegedly responsible for stabbing Naima Liggon, 16, should stay at a juvenile facility in Washington, D.C. until her next hearing on Friday, according to Fox5DC. Liggon was stabbed to death early Sunday morning at a McDonalds by U and 14th Street.
Beatty-Arthur told the court that it had been a “dispute over sauce” prior to providing her decision.
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“She was a beautiful person. My son’s friend,” Liggon’s neighbor, Rickey Graves Jr. told the outlet. “She was the first friend he met when he arrived here. It’s just – it was a shock for us because she’s a beautiful person. She had a great personality, always laughing – a lot of laughter.”
Leggion had reportedly been among a group of people who had traveled from Maryland to attend a party in Washington, D.C. prior to going to the McDonalds.
The argument between the two girls reportedly began in the vehicle over sweet and sour sauce and later evolved into fighting outside of the U Street McDonalds, according to the court proceeding.
An attorney for the alleged suspect claimed that the girl had been jumped, however, video footage showed the two girls had finished fighting when the other girl stabbed Liggon on her way back to the car, the prosecutor pointed out.
Crime in Washington, D.C. has risen from 2022. The city has reported 175 homicides so far this year, a 26% increase from 2022’s 139. Additionally, the city has also reported seeing 2,316 robberies so far this year, a 66% increase from 2022’s 1,395, according to the Metropolitan Police Department’s crime data.
A curfew for juveniles in D.C. is set to begin on Sept. 1 in certain parts of the city.