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School reacts to teenage girl’s death as search for suspects continues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Metro Police are looking for the suspects in a deadly stabbing outside of a Walmart in North Nashville on Monday night.

According to police, two groups of girls began fighting inside of the Walmart on Dickerson Pike and it continued into the parking lot. The altercations continued to a WeGo bus stop just outside of the lot around 9:45 p.m.

Police said one of the girls charged 14-year-old Malia Powell with knife and stabbed her at the bus stop. Powell was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said the suspects fled the scene on foot and the search for them continues. The investigation is focusing on surveillance cameras from the parking lot and possible social media posts.

Powell was slated to attend Hillwood High School as an incoming 9th grader this upcoming school year. She previously attended Bellevue Middle School, which put out a statement on her passing:

“Our deepest sympathies are with her family and the Bellevue Middle community. Our student support services team is working with the school administration to provide counseling for any students or staff who need it.”

Several teachers from Bellevue Middle School released a joint statement after learning Powell had been killed.

“Malia Powell Ridley was an amazing member of the Bellevue Community. Malia was a cheerleader who encouraged her team to work hard, a loyal friend to many, and strived to grow in her academics. She was a leader amongst her peers, motivating everybody to be their best selves. Malia’s bubbly, energetic, and funny personality will be missed at Bellevue Middle School.”

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