One teen died when a street brawl on Georgia ignites. Everyone actively involved on the brutal fight will be charged with murder, according to police.
Teen named Demajhay Bell was killed in a brawl that one witness named it to the Daily News as “an atrocity.” The street fight started after 30 to 50 persons came to Hephzibah home to battle a 15-year-old girl, according to ABC affiliate WJBF. So far nine participants have been arrested but one more is wanted and authorities said there may be more arrests to come.
The people involved were armed with bats, pipes and knives, according to the girl’s mother, Eyvette Byrd. The 39-year-old, who has since been charged with murder, said that the fight was the continuation of an on-going dispute at Glenn Hills High School.
The brawl started around 1:45 p.m. on March 18, 2016 and expanded out onto the street, where it was caught on camera and later posted to YouTube.
The two minutes of footage begins with two women brutally punching and kicking one another on the street.
Bystanders then began to exchange words, later then they hit each other with a baseball bat . There was also a driver who tried to run over from the opposite side of the street.
Even though he spent most of the fight inside a house, at some point in the brawl, Bell went outside and was stabbed in the neck by 21-year-old Demetrius Harris, Jr., according to the Augusta Chronicle. In the video, he can be seen emerging from a home with a gushing neck wound.
Byrd said she tried driving the injured teen to the hospital but got side-tracked after another fight broke out. Bell ended up trying to drive himself before first responders intervened and transported him to help.
Bell died at the hospital Sunday morning. He was not an active participant in the fight.
“He was friends with the person who stabbed him,” Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the Augusta paper.
“This is the epitome of a senseless murder.”
The Chronicle reported, another man named Eric Hall, was also taken to the hospital after a baseball bat shattered his arm.
By the time police arrived on scene, the persons involved on the fight had dispersed.
Jackie, a 63-year-old woman who asked to be identified only by her first name, was at home and witnessed the whole thing.
“It was like World War III,” she told the News.
“I saw people across the street with hammers. There were 30 to 50 people coming down the road with knives and everything.”
The fight lasted nearly half an hour, confirmed by Jackie.
“It was horrible,” Jackie said. “It was an atrocity. Kids don’t have no doggone respect.”
Normally, the small town of 4,000 is a quiet area, Jackie said — and she’s been living there for more than 15 years.
Though she’s not scared anymore, Jackie said she was nervous for a few days afterward. “I didn’t know if anything more was going to happen,” she said
“I’ve seen some stuff in my life, but not like this.”
So far nine people — including Byrd — have been charged in relation to the fight.
Quiauna Henley, 35; Quiasha Henley, 18; A’Lexis Cain, 18; Tyteanna Thomas, 18; Raheem Jones, 19; Myah Dunbar, 18; Demetrius Lamont Harris, 21 and Terry Lee Daniels, 19 have all been charged with aggravated assault and murder.
A warrant has been issued for a tenth person, 18-year-old Eddie Doneal Carter III.
On Friday morning, the county jail said that he was still not in custody.