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Middle School Girl Dies After Being Jumped

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Kashala Francis, 13, was heading home and only a block away from Attucks Middle School on Thursday, when she was jumped by three teenage girls, according to a New York Daily News report. Reportedly the teen was kicked in the head as she was held to the ground. The student died Wednesday morning, just days after she was jumped by three teenage girls, according to authorities and the young girl’s mother.

After the fight, Kashala’s face was bruised but she told her mother she was fine. Things quickly took a turn.

Kashala was at a relative’s house on Saturday when Jackson’s niece reportedly noticed her “acting delusional.” On Sunday, Kashala felt weak and told her mother she had a painful headache before lying down.

Kashala was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital, where she fell into a coma. Doctors quickly uncovered “a large tumor in the back of her head, and she had fluid buildup in her brain,” according to Jackson. The family had no prior knowledge of the tumor.

Short of an autopsy’s completion, it’s uncertain whether Kashala died of the injuries sustained during the fight or her tumor, or whether it was a combination of the two, according to police. The case is currently being investigated as a homicide, pending an autopsy, according to Victor Senties, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department.

A statement by Houston Independent School District officials notes they have been made aware of the “off-campus altercation” and are cooperating with the Houston Police Department’s investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, according to reports.


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