A vigil will be held for Danyna Gibson, the 16-year-old victim who was stabbed to death by her fellow classmate on Wednesday, September 12. Gibson was stabbed during a fight that erupted over an apparent love triangle.
Gibson was identified by Fitzgerald Public Schools Superintendent Laurie Fournier. Following the attack, an unidentified 17-year-old student at Fitzgerald High School could be facing murder charges after she fatally stabbed Gibson Wednesday morning at around 8:30 A.M, in a classroom filled with 20 to 30 other students.
“Our Fitzgerald Community is #FitzNation strong and it’s important that we come together and support each other,” Fournier wrote in a statement on the school’s webpage. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Danyna’s family, friends and classmates during this difficult time.”
The vigil is planned to be held at 1 p.m. on the school’s football field on Thursday, September 13.
According to Daily News, a school resource officer already stationed at the school responded to the scene within seconds and administered CPR until first responders arrived. Gibson was stabbed twice in the chest and rushed to St. John Oakland Hospital, where she was pronounced dead around 9:20 A.M.
A kitchen-style steak knife was recovered on the scene, according to Warren Police. How and when the knife was brought onto school property is still under investigation.
“This is the first type of situation we’ve had in the school district in the past 50 years,” Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said during a late morning press conference. “Officers can’t recall a case where a student was actually murdered at a high school in Warren.”
The suspect is currently in police custody and authorities intend to seek homicide charges. Just like Gibson, she was also a straight-A student with no prior behavioral issue. Gibson’s family says the late Danyna was a member of the school’s cross country team, robotics club, color guard, marching band and the National Honors Society.
Victoria Oraczko, also a student at Fitzgerald High, told the Detroit Free Press that she was in the classroom when the attack occurred, and was pushed from behind as she heard someone yell, “She’s gonna kill me! She’s gonna kill me!”
“I froze. I don’t know what to do. I just saw one my friends just dying,” she said.
Another student Francesca Pascua said that she saw Gibson trying to run from the suspect. “All I just saw was her running trying to save herself, and that’s when she stopped, and the girl grabbed her and stabbed her,” Pascua told local ABC affiliate WXYZ. Pascua also said as Gibson collapsed to the floor, the teacher worked on getting the suspect out of the classroom.
“She ran out the classroom while the teacher was pushing her out and she was saying, ‘I’m going to kill you, I am going to slit your throat.’ She was saying crazy things and like, running around in circles,” Pascua added of the suspect.
Students were dismissed on Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. Officer Dwyer said the school is closed both Wednesday and Thursday. The male student involved is cooperating with police, as Daily News reported.