WARREN, Michigan — A dispute over a boy between two straight-A high school students ended in bloodshed when one stabbed the other in a shocking classroom attack, authorities said.
Danyna Gibson, 16, died less than an hour after being stabbed twice in the chest with a steak knife in front of as many as 30 classmates and teachers during first period on Wednesday at Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Michigan.
“I froze. I didn’t know what to do. I just saw one of my friends just dying,” 16-year-old Victoria Oraczko told the Detroit Free Press.
Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer declined to identify the suspect, a 17-year-old Warren girl, who he described as a straight A student who was once friends with the victim. He said she would likely be charged with murder.
“It’s truly a tragedy. Two lives are ruined,” Dwyer said, noting that both girls, who are seniors, were good students and had not been in trouble before. “This is truly a tragedy on both sides.”
Dwyer said the violence appeared to have been sparked after the suspect grew angry with Gibson after thinking she told the suspect’s 17-year-old boyfriend that she was cheating on him.
Police say they had reviewed text messages between the suspect and her boyfriend, but declined to comment on what they said. Investigators said they believe the suspect and her boyfriend had driven to school together that morning ahead of the attack.
In addition to be a top student, Gibson was involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including cross-country, robotics, color guard, marching band, student council and Generation of Promise, a youth leadership program.
“You took something that was so valuable to me that I would rather be laying there than her,” her father, Preston Gilbert, told WJBK-TV. “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.”