KIPP DC Student Stabbed To Death Near NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro Station

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Tyshon Perry (Photo courtesy of KIPP DC College Preparatory School)

The 16-year-old teen stabbed to death near the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro station, was a current student at KIPP DC College Preparatory School.

Tyshon Perry was identified Wednesday as the victim in the Tuesday stabbing. He suffered a stab wound and was found unconscious and unresponsive with life-threatening injuries. Police said Perry was taken to an area hospital where he died.

Perry was a sophomore at KIPP DC, and began attending the school in 2011. He excelled in math and was an active member in school sports, according to ABC7’s Stephen Tschida.

Tom Clark, a spokesperson for KIPP DC School, stated that Perry had a bright future ahead of him.

All classes at KIPP DC have been cancelled Wednesday, but counselors and school administrators will be available to speak with parents and students.

On Wednesday, KIPP DC release a statement on Perry:

We are heartbroken by the loss of Tyshon Perry, 16, a student at KIPP DC College Preparatory high school. We are grieving for his family, friends, and teachers, and are wrapping our arms around the KIPP DC College Prep community to support them. Today, hundreds of people touched by Tyshon’s life gathered at the school to remember their friend and support each other in the wake of this tragedy.

Tyshon was a beloved 10th grader who was outgoing and playful, excelled at math, loved to play football, and volunteered at the D.C. Public Library. He entered KIPP DC in 4th grade at KEY Academy middle school during the summer of 2011. He started high school at McKinley Technology High School before transferring to KIPP DC College Preparatory last summer for his sophomore year.

The entire KCP community is mourning the loss of Tyshon, said Andhra Lutz, principal of KIPP DC College Preparatory. “He was a vibrant part of our school and he will be deeply missed. We have been in close contact with Tyshon’s family and will continue to provide support to them in any way possible.”

KIPP DC’s top priorities are student safety and emotional support. We encourage parents to talk with their children about safe passage to and from school, monitor their wellbeing and emotional health, and encourage parents to please reach out to KIPP DC staff for additional assistance. We take safety and emotional support seriously at KIPP DC and are continually working to ensure we are creating a safe, nurturing school environment for our students.

All KIPP DC schools will be open Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 on the normal operating schedule. KIPP DC College Preparatory high school will continue to provide grief counselors and caring school staff to meet with students and families. There will be additional private security and police at the school, and we have requested a stronger Metropolitan Police Department and Metro Transit Police presence along the route to and from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station in the coming weeks.

We are coordinating closely with the Metropolitan Police Department, the office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, and other city leaders to ensure our students are safe and supported each day, and we are so thankful for their ongoing partnership and the resources they’ve directed to the KIPP DC community.

We have maintained ongoing communication with MPD and will continue to cooperate as they conduct a full investigation. Should you have any questions about this specific incident or investigation, please contact MPD at 202-727-9099.

Witnesses told both police and ABC7 News that a group of teens from a nearby school were fighting, when all of a sudden one teen was injured with two stab wounds. The group then scattered, police said.

The stabbing occurred in the 1300 block of 2nd Street in Northeast Washington.

A manager of a nearby Five Guys performed CPR on the teen after the incident, according to witnesses who spoke with ABC7 News.

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said authorities are investigating Perry’s death as a homicide. Investigators do not have a lead on a suspect at this time.

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