(Updated at 5:45 p.m.) Alexandria Police were at the scene of Tuesday’s brawl prior to the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Luis Mejia Hernandez, according to video of the incident obtained by ALXnow.
Hernandez was stabbed during a brawl with 30-50 teenagers in the McDonald’s parking lot. A video of the incident obtained by ALXnow showed police cruisers at the scene and an officer attending to Hernandez immediately after he was stabbed.
Mayor Justin Wilson says it will take a citywide effort to protect kids.
Wilson said that he has been in constant contact with Alexandria City Public Schools leadership and the police. On social media, he wrote that he first checked to see that his son was at the school and not at the shopping center.
“Parents and members of our community have used their voices to demand solutions, implemented immediately,” Wilson wrote. “That is also my reaction as a parent.”‘
Some thoughts on yesterday in Alexandria… pic.twitter.com/Y9akHjIFNb
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) May 25, 2022
Wilson said that those ideas include hiring more police officers, hiring more mental health counselors, more gang prevention, and security training around school facilities.
“It requires city, schools, non-profits and the community all rowing in the same direction,” Wilson told ALXnow.
A GoFundMe campaign has so far raised more than $12,000 for Hernandez’ family. No arrests have been made yet.
In-person school was canceled at ACHS on Wednesday — the day after the incident.
“A Titan was murdered,” Vice Mayor Amy Jackson told ALXnow. “There’s still a lot of video that has to be looked at by police.”
Alexandria School Board Member Kelly Carmichael Booz tweeted that she was gutted by the news of the day, and that there will be “more to say and more actions to take to fight for the safety of our children, and likely a lot of unhelpful finger-pointing.”
“Tonight I put my kids to bed and gave them a hug and a kiss and sang our songs,” Booz tweeted. “Tonight a family in Alexandria cannot put their son to bed and 18 families in Texas have empty beds with kids the same age as my own. I’m gutted. I grieve for the families.”
City Councilman Canek Aguirre tweeted that “Action is needed. Thoughts and prayers are not enough.”
Yesterday so many families had their lives changed forever and my heart aches for them. Thoughts and prayers are not enough.
Ayer tantas familias tuvieron sus vidas cambiadas para siempre y me duele el corazón por ellas. Los pensamientos y las oraciones no son suficientes. pic.twitter.com/9vrJyiz7Rp
— Canek Aguirre (@CanekForCouncil) May 25, 2022
The Alexandria Council of PTAs sent out the following note:
Our hearts break for the loss of the Alexandria City High School student today and we stand with their family, all students, teachers, staff, and community members who need support today.We also hold all of the community members in Uvalde, Texas in our hearts and minds and recognize the impact that event has on our own community members.If you or anyone you know needs mental health support during these times, a reminder that ACPS school counselors are available and you can also call your school for help. Additionally, this resource from the National Association of School Psychologists: https://www.nasponline.org/…/mental…/addressing-grief
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