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Cops Say Mom Helped 13-Year-Old Murder Honor Student

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CHICAGO -- A 13-year-old girl and her mother are charged with stabbing a 15-year-old honor student to death over the weekend.

De’kayla Dansberry was killed Saturday outside the Parkway Gardens Housing Complex on Chicago's South Side, according to WGN.

The 13-year-old suspect faces one count of first degree murder. Her mother, 35-year-old Tamika Gayden, has also been charged with first degree murder and one felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Gayden is believed to have provided the weapon used in the murder.

gaydenIn court, prosecutors outlined some of the case against the 13-year-old accused of this killing including video shot by bystanders.

One witness says she heard the young girl crying and saying “I killed her” while wiping blood from the knife, according to officials.

Police say De’kayla’s killer was later seen washing blood from the knife.  That a witness heard her tearfully admit to the killing.

De’kayla was an honor student and standout in track and field.  She was preparing for a meet downstate at the time of her death. What started as a dispute among teenage girls turned physical, violent and ultimately deadly.

“It’s heartbreaking,”  Shelia said. “It’s sad. I don’t know what else to say, it’s just sad."

The 13-year-old will remain in custody awaiting her next court appearance.

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