16-year-old boy arrested for fatally stabbing 18-year-old Alexandria high school student – ​​NBC4 Washington

Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old Alexandria City high school student last week.

The suspect, who is also a student at Alexandria City High, has been charged with murder and is being held at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center.

Luis Mejia Hernandez, who was about to graduate, died after being stabbed in the chest during a fight involving 30 to 50 people at the Bradlee Shopping Center.

Officers found the victim when they pulled into the mall’s McDonald’s parking lot to break up the fight around 12:30 p.m. on May 24, police said.

Doctors took Hernandez to the hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

“It’s so painful because what we’re doing now should be preparing him to graduate, and now we’re about to say goodbye to him, practically,” his father, Osmin Mejia, told Telemundo 44 on Tuesday.

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

Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports that the father of a murdered Alexandria City High School student is expressing frustration with the investigation into his son’s stabbing death.

Investigators combed through surveillance video and interviewed witnesses to the scuffle, police said.

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

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

Alexandria City High School continues virtual learning

Alexandria City High School announced Monday that it will conduct a “modified start” and that only a few students are expected to come to its four campuses this week. This includes students who must meet exam or diploma requirements.

Only these students are supposed to report to school, according to officials:

  • Seniors who must meet the requirements for graduation.
  • Seniors who must participate in the graduation rehearsal (June 3).
  • Students who must complete SOL or other required tests.
  • Citywide CAHS Special Education Program students.

All students were on virtual learning after the stabbings until the end of last week.

“We again want to assure you that new safety measures have been implemented and remain in place at ACHS, and we have shared several communications with ACHS students and families, including the latest information from the Executive Director Peter Balas on logistics for this week for the Class of 2022 as well as students in grades 9-11,” the superintendent wrote in a letter to staff and families on Wednesday.

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 email, Canvas 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.

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