Tanaya Lewis has been identified as the 17-year-old Fitzgerald High School student who stabbed and killed 16-year-old Danyna Gibson. According to reports, Lewis and Gibson were friends who were in an argument as they were dating the same boy.
Lewis stabbed Gibson in the chest with a kitchen steak knife around 8:30 a.m. at Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Michigan, on Wednesday, September 12.
Prosecutors say she smiled and said “I’m going to kill you” as she chased Gibson around the classroom in front of approximately two dozen students.
According to Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer, while a school resource officer immediately began life-saving procedures, Gibson was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.
During a press conference, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said that the stabbing was a “complete surprise” to the victim. He also confirmed that Gibson had 4 stab wounds.
Police say the 17-year-old had been friends with SD, but heard Danyna told her boyfriend she had cheated on him. The teen brought the knife that morning, stabbing her twice in the chest. The teen was restrained in another room as the teacher got ahold of the weapon.
Lewis has been charged with pre-mediated murder. She was arraigned at the 37th District Court in Michigan by Judge Suzanne Faunce.
Lewis is currently being held without bond and will be charged as an adult.
Superintendent Laurie Fournier released the following statement regarding the incident:
“At approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning, we received a report that a Fitzgerald High School student had stabbed another high school student resulting in injuries. The alleged attacker has been arrested and is in custody. The injured student has been transported to the hospital. The high school is on lock down until further notice. We will share updates when they are available. Please note the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.”
A vigil was held for Gibson at the school’s football field on Thursday, September 13.
Who Is Tanaya Lewis?
Tanaya Lewis is a 17-year-old Fitzgerald High School student who was charged with premeditated murder after she stabbed her classmate, 16-year-old Danyna Gibson, in the chest on Wednesday, September 12.
She is being charged as an adult and is currently being held without bond.