Tanaya Lewis, a 17-year-old former student of Fitzgerald High school, was officially charged with first-degree murder after stabbing her 16-year-old classmate during school.
The incident occurred on the morning of September 12. Tanaya Lewis decided to bring a steak knife to school with the intention of hurting her classmate, Danyna Gibson. Family members believe the two classmates, who were formerly friends, were having a dispute over a boyfriend. Lewis lunged at the victim with the knife and stabbed her in the chest twice. A nearby teacher intervened and attempted to push the suspect away from the classroom.
Witnesses report the suspect was smiling and laughing during the attack. Once the teacher pushed her off the victim, the suspect allegedly shouted, “I’m going to kill her!” Tragically, the suspect was right. Gibson was rushed to the hospital, but her injuries were too severe. She passed away during surgery less than an hour after being stabbed in the heart.
Lewis attempted to flee while concerned witnesses rushed to the aid of the victim. A short time later, she was apprehended and taken to the Macomb County Jail. She has been denied bond.
The school responded by immediately cancelling classes for the rest of the day. This incident is the first time in Macomb County’s history that a student passed away due to an assault inside a school building. The following day, students and school employees were provided mental health support staff to help them cope with the senseless tragedy. The school was re-opened on Friday.