School’s reaction to the death of the teenager, the search for suspects continues

Nashville, Tenn. (WSMV) – Metro Police are searching for suspects in a fatal stabbing outside a Walmart in North Nashville on Monday night.

According to police, two groups of girls started a fight inside a Walmart on Dickerson Pike and it continued in the parking lot. The altercation continued at a WeGo bus stop just outside the lot at around 9:45 p.m.

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

Police said that the accused fled the spot on foot and their search is on. The investigation focused on surveillance cameras from parking lots and possible social media posts.

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

“Our deepest condolences are with his family and the Bellevue Central 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 at Bellevue Middle School issued a joint statement after learning of Powell’s murder.

“Malia Powell was a wonderful member of the Ridley Bellevue community. Malia was a cheerleader who encouraged her team to work hard, a loyal friend to many, and strive to grow in her academics. She was among her peers.” She was a leader who inspired everyone to be their best. Malia’s bubbly, energetic and witty personality will be missed at Bellevue Middle School.”

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