Student, 18, stabbed to death in fight near Alexandria City HS

An Alexandria City High School student was killed Tuesday in a stabbing that was part of a fight involving dozens of young people in the Virginia city.

The Alexandria police said the 18-year-old senior was stabbed in a fight at the Bradlee Shopping Center, on King Street, which is under a half mile from both campuses. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Capt. Courtney Ballantine, of the Alexandria police, said the police were called for the report of a fight at about 12:25 p.m. and found 30 to 50 people in “an active fight.”

The police didn’t have any information on a suspect or a motive. They’re asking anyone with more information to call them at 703-746-6819.

In a letter to parents and students, Principal Peter Balas said it was a day of “great sadness.”

I am saddened to share with you the news of the passing of one of our Titan seniors from the Class of 2022, Luis Mejia Hernandez. Luis died today, May 24, 2022 and he will be greatly missed by the Titan community, especially in the International Academy.” 

No one was allowed into or out of the two main campuses of Alexandria City High School Tuesday afternoon.

Classes at all four campuses will transition to asynchronous virtual learning on Wednesday to allow the school community “the time and space to grieve and process this loss.”

A support team will be available on site for anyone who needs the additional help. Balas added that students can reach out to CrisisText and Crisis Link at any time either texting CONNECT to 85511 or calling 703-527-4077.

“Students can always reach out to a counselor, administrator or any trusted adult in ACHS if they are in need of help,” Balas said.

The end of the school day at the King Street and Minnie Howard campuses was delayed as the “secure the building” status wasn’t lifted until 3:15 p.m. Students were let out in smaller groups, the school system said, and after-school activities were canceled.

A school spokesperson said the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution for the safety and security of our students and staff.”

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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