Girl fatally stabbed in DC in fight over McDonald's sauce, 1 of 3 teens killed in weekend in city

The girls reportedly began arguing over sweet and sour sauce before the altercation turned physical.

Published: August 29, 2023 12:18pm

Updated: August 29, 2023 12:48pm

A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a dispute over sauce outside of McDonald's in Washington, D.C., and another teen girl has been arrested and charged with her murder.

Officers arrived at to a local hospital shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a juvenile girl who arrived in a private vehicle seeking treatment for stab wounds, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said. The teen, Naima Liggon of Waldorf, Md., died at the hospital as a result of her injuries.

Police later learned after an investigation that Liggon went to a 24-hour McDonald's in Northwest D.C. with another teen girl, ordered food, then got into a car together. 

The girls began arguing over sweet-and-sour sauce in the vehicle, according to witness testimony and reported by Fox 5 DC.

When the altercation became physical, the teens exited the vehicle and continued fighting outside of the McDonalds.

Police on Sunday arrested and charged the suspect, described by officials as "a 16-year-old juvenile female of Waldorf." She was charged with second-degree murder while armed and found to be in possession of a knife at the time of her arrest.

Judge Sherri Beatty-Arthur deliberated for nearly two-and-a-half hours before deciding to hold the teen suspect at a D.C. juvenile facility at least until Friday, when her next hearing is scheduled.

It was a "dispute over sauce," the judge said in court ahead of her decision.

Liggon's family released a statement on Monday, a local CBS affiliate reported

"Naima was a beautiful, smart, funny, and unique young lady who loved life. She was loved and admired by so many people. Naima loved music and the arts, basketball, and she was shaping up to be a master barber. She had just been hired to work at Krispy Kreme as a doughnut specialist and was preparing to get her drivers license," the family said. "Naima will never see her prom or her graduation. We will not get to see her graduate from college or get married or have kids."

Homicides are up 26% in D.C. so far this year compared to the same time in 2022, police data shows.

Other crimes, such as robbery, are also up in the nation's capital.

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