Alexandria Student Killed in Fight at Bradlee Shopping Center

Updated 10:06 a.m. Wednesday, May 25

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson released a assertion addressing Tuesday’s violence at Bradlee Shopping Centre and the death of Luis Mejia Hernandez.

Up to date 8:22 p.m. Tuesday, May possibly 24

Alexandria City Significant Faculty student Luis Mejia Hernandez was killed Tuesday immediately after getting stabbed in a combat that may perhaps have concerned dozens of pupils.

Alexandria Law enforcement claimed the pupil, 18 many years old, was stabbed in the course of a fight outside the McDonald’s at the Bradlee Browsing Centre. Earlier this academic 12 months,

The struggle took place for the duration of lunch, about 12:25 p.m.  Law enforcement estimated that 30 to 50 individuals had been current in the parking whole lot all through the event. Alexandria Metropolis Significant Faculty campuses – both Minnie Howard and the key campus — have been positioned in “secure the building” standing until finally 3:15 p.m.

“The initial contact for service was gained at somewhere around 12:26 p.m. for a large group combat in the 3600 block of King Road. For the duration of the struggle, a person male was critically hurt and transported to the healthcare facility where by he succumbed to his injuries,” in accordance to a law enforcement report.

 “Police are still investigating the incident, and are asking any person who may perhaps have details related to this scenario to get in touch with APD Detective Christine Escobar by way of cell phone at 703.746.6819, e-mail at [email protected], or call our non-unexpected emergency line at 703.746.4444. Tips can be nameless.”

Soon in advance of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. released the adhering to information to all Alexandria Metropolis General public University dad and mom: 

Expensive ACPS People,

Right now was a tragic working day for our college community. We are mourning the loss of one of our Class of 2022 Titans now. We are hearing about the deep grief that individuals in our community are experiencing and we want to give people today time to offer with this traumatic decline and cope with what this usually means for our college community. 

Following today’s tragedy, lots of are enduring mental wellbeing worries and disbelief as we have been anticipating the stop of the school 12 months. For this explanation, we will have students at the four campuses of Alexandria City Superior University (ACHS) changeover to asynchronous digital learning for Wed. May well 25, 2022. All ACHS learners should log into their accounts in Canvas or Clever for data particular to their programs.

We believe that transitioning to digital learning for our substantial college learners will make it possible for our university group the time and space to grieve and approach this loss, and we will have aid team associates from the colleges, Department of College student Solutions & Equity and the City’s Department of Group and Human Companies offered on web site for everyone who requires that guidance. The on-site counseling supports will be accessible in English and in Spanish. Interpretation providers will also be out there. If a student feels they would like virtual counseling supports, they can call any member of SST who will hook up them to a digital session. For any desires or problems, pupils or families could achieve out to their college counselor by way of email, through Canvas, or by contacting the faculty at 703-824-6800.

It can be tough to examine such a decline with your little ones. There are assets for coping with decline from the Nationwide Affiliation of School Psychologists to guidance you in these conversations. There are also university student aid crew specialists in each college to assistance you.  Additionally, there is a disturbing video similar to this loss that is being circulated on social media. You should keep an eye on your children’s use of social media and persuade them not to look at the video or share it with other people. 

We understand that some superior college college students are demanded to full Expectations of Learning (SOL) examination demands this 7 days. We will operate with college students to reschedule SOL assessments in the coming times.  

I am grateful that the Alexandria City group comes collectively at this sort of tricky instances to companion with us in getting care of our pupils and workers. Make sure you join me in keeping the household in your feelings in the coming weeks. 

With my deepest sympathy,

Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.

Superintendent

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Earlier this educational yr, in September 2021, Alexandria law enforcement responded to a shooting involving college students from ACHS. The battle immediately after university resulted in one of all those associated receiving shot. That student survived. Quite a few smaller sized fights have taken position above the past various months, numerous possibly through lunch or soon just after college.