In New York City, an 18-year-old mother has been arrested and charged with murder. Kayla Henriques reportedly stabbed Kamisha Richards in the abdomen. The fight between the two women was posted for the world to see on Facebook.
Fight over $20 leads to stabbing
According to New York City police, Kamisha Richards lent $20 to her boyfriend’s sister, Kayla Henriques. When that $20 was not returned promptly, the two women started an argument on Facebook. Though the debate has since been deleted, a transcript was posted by the Wall Street Journal:
“… I will b needing that $20. … This is the last time u will con me into giving u money,” the victim posted on the suspect’s Facebook page on Sunday.
“Dnt try to expose me mama but I’m not tha type to thug it ova facebook see u wen u get frm wrk,” Henriques responds.
“Kayla now u getin outa hand…I hope u having fun entertaining the world…Trust, IMA HAVE THE LAST LAUGH!!!”
Henriques offered a terse reply: “We will see.”
Stabbing on Monday night
At about 10:30 p.m. on Monday, police received a call about an assault at a Brooklyn housing project. By the time police arrived, Richards was not able to be revived. Based on the Facebook argument and other available information, Kayla Henriques was arrested for the murder. If convicted, Henriques could be sentenced to several years in prison.
Possible spike in New York City homicides
New York City has long had a bad reputation as a crime-filled city. The stabbing of a woman over a $20 loan is just one homicide in what appears to be a recent spike in crime rates. In 2010, New York City experienced 23 percent more homocides than in 2009. The spike in crime has not yet matched the level of homicides in 1990, when there were 2,245 violent deaths. This stabbing over $20 and a Facebook fight is not the first crime with related evidence on Facebook, but it does highlight the level to which online communication has become a part of everyday life.
NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/12/nyregion/12police.html
NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYC-Murder-up-Double-Digi-107603673.html
Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/APf5526dec74b6420589e32a27e8217747.html
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