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Teen charged with murder after Bladen girl stabbed

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- WWAY has confirmed 17-year-old Princess L. Cromartie died after she was stabbed Thursday afternoon. It's Bladen County's first murder of the year.

Cromartie was taken to Bladen County Hospital Thursday night and then transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for surgery on Friday. Cromartie died Friday afternoon in Wilmington.

On 19-year-old Shakendria Harper's Facebook page she asks for forgiveness. On it she writes, "Dear Lord, please forgive me for all my sins I have brought upon me and look down upon me with forgiveness for all my sins I will have in the future."

"Losing a kid it's just deep," said Rufus Way, who is a friend of the Cromartie family. "It's awful."

A Facebook page is now one of the few things remembering Cromartie. Family and friends gathered at Cromartie's home Friday night. According to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office, Cromartie got into an altercation with Harper that quickly turned violent.

"That's the last thing I would think," said Way. "A stabbing, a girl and I'm a man."

Deputies believe Harper stabbed Cromartie in her leg and cut her femoral artery in her leg. Bladen County students were shocked to hear of the news.

"With girls you don't really hear about a bunch of fights unless it's gang related," said student Kayla Hunt.

District Attorney Jon David says Harper faces murder charges for Cromartie's death.

"The law punishes bad decisions," said David. "Sometimes consequences are unintended but in this particular circumstance we have a child who has been killed and I will vigorously pursue a prosecution. We're going to look at the facts and go where the truth leads."

Some local high school students say Facebook can often turn a fight of words into something physical, but the sheriff's office says the murder is still under investigation and could not confirm if Facebook was a factor.

"I see that all the time in school," said Hunt. "It has been very bad. It's a bunch of drama fights and hatred."

Deputies arrested Harper Thursday evening. Her charge was upgraded to murder Friday. She is in the Bladen County Jail without bond.

Harper is scheduled to make her first court appearance Monday.

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the stabbin of 18 year old

theres no reason for the family to hold a grudge or hate the girl for her mistake. what if the shoes was on the foot??????????????????then if your child was in jail lookin at doing ten years for something she didnt mean to do would you want people to spit on her name? if the girl was really try to hurt your daughter dont u think she would of aimed above the waist? i think she was tryin to get the girl off her and was scared but the only way was to stab her not knowin she could kill her..... i really dont know niether one of the girls but i dont think she meant it and i will be prayin for her cause noone can judge her but GOD!!!!! i can understand people are speakin out of anger but somtime we need to think before speakin...

I find it funny how people

I find it funny how people try to defend this girl. it would be one thing if this girl broke in her house and was trying to beat her, but she wasnt, she brought a knife to a fight and stabbed another person. She should hae thought twice before bringing it , now do I think she brought it with the intention to kill this girl no, but she did bring it and stabbed her, so she needs to do the time end of story.

It really amazes me how many

It really amazes me how many people want this girl freed. She stabbed a girl and caused her death, She deserves to sit in jail and think about what she did, she is not innocent. If she felt an any way that her life was in danger she should have went to the police, she was looking for trouble and thats what she got. Do not free Shakendria.

HATE

IF I WAS KEN SHOES TO PROTECT MYSELF I WOULD HAVE DID THE SAME THING. I MEAN YALL PPL SITTING HER CALLING HER NAMES AND ALL WHEN YALL DONT KNOW ALL WHAT HAPPENED. YALL LOOKING THERE IS A DEAD BODY AND THT IS IT YOU NOT LOOKING AT IT THAT KEN WAS NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT FOUGHT HERE THE OTHER GIRL COULD HAVE WALKED AWAY BUT SHE DIDN'T. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HER FAMILY FOR THEIR LOST BECAUSE NO ONE DESERVES TO DIE. BUT KEN DONT BELONG BEHIND BARS FOR LIFE EITHER. SO DONT BE HATING BECAUSE SHE GOT PPL THAT IS TAKING HER SIDE IN THIS WHOLE STORY.. KEN DONT WORRY BABY GIRL YOU COMING HOME AND YOU GOT PLENTY OF SUPPORT 09 GOT YOUR BACK AND

19year old stubbing

Are you stupid? Please I dont know either of the girls, but I do know this if the girl had enough guts to go to someone house and fight her it shows who was the bully n dis situation. There is no reason for someone not to feel protected in their own home. Ken took that away from her. She should get life behind bar for taking a life. Eye for an eye. Right!

why?

Why would you be her shoes?

Ignorance

LOL.... It's embarassing to sit here and look at the posts. Really, if you want to defend someone and get your point acrossed, please do it with correct grammer,punctuation, and spelling. People might then actually take the time to read your post and take heed to what you are saying! Instead of fighting and arguing back and forth about who is right and who is wrong in this matter, you all might need to be in SCHOOL getting an education because it looks like you ALL need it. Somebody actually said " get all the edguction you can", it's Ironic you would say that.... *blank stare*

FREE KEN...

I DON'T UNDERSTAND YALL PEOPLE YALL SIT HEAR AND CALL KEN A MURDER WHEN YALL ONLY LOOKING AT ONE SIDE TO THE STORY. YEAH THE GIRL SHE STABBED(BY ACCIDENT).. I MEAN SHE HAD NO INTENTION ON KILLING THE GIRL BUT YALL DONT CARE WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY.. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WHO GIVES A F WHAT YALL THINK.. HARPER GOT THE CLASS OF 2009 AND CLINTON ON HER SIDE. SHE ASKED GOD FOR FORGIVES THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS. PEOPLE ARE INTITLED TO THEIR OPINIONS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO CALLING A GIRL YOU DONT EVEN KNOW A MURDER YOU ARE WRONG.. SHE IS A GOOD GIRL AND A GOOD HEARTED GIRL. YALL CAN JUDGE HER ALL YALL WANT JUST NO SHE WANT THE ONLY ONE THAT DID SOMETHING WRONG.. KEN IT IS ALRIGHT GIRL HOLD THAT HEAD UP AND JUST KNOW WE ALL LOVE YOU AND F YOUR HATERS THEY JUST MAD BECUASE THEY KNOW DEEP DOWN IT TAKES TO PPL TO FIGHT NOT ONE...FFFFFFFFFFFFRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEE KKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEENNNNNNN

DO NOT FREE KEN...

You so stupid,It wasn’t no accident she stabbed her! When you kill someone what does that make you? Maybe she didn’t mean to kill her, maybe she did, and maybe she knew that vain was there. Like someone stated before why bring a knife to a fist fight, and if she didn’t want any trouble she should have stayed in Clinton, NOT GO TO SAND PIT she had time to think about it on the drive there! She stabbed her because she was getting her butt whipped. Some of ya’ll people are hilarious! DO NOT FREE KEN SHE DID THE CRIME NOW SHE MUST DO THE TIME!!! Justice will be served for Shai in you best believe it!!!!! R.I.P. P.L.C And Shai was a good girl to and now her family and friends have to live without her at least Ken folks can write her and visit and receive phone calls. The Cromartie’s only have memories and pictures!

kendria dont worry......

like i said in a previous comment kendria dont worry ur coming home clinton got ur back for shore. im not saying what u have done was the right thing but u was defending yourself. dont worry baby girl ur true friends are here for you and they are gonna continue to hold u down. and for the people that is against you so what who cares

you need boook thrown at

you need boook thrown at you there is no need to be pointing fingers at nobody and no its not right if you feel that you was going to be jump how would you defend yourself at the end of the day no one is guilty frEe Shakendria

Classmates...love you ken!!! FREE SHAKENDRIA!!!!!!

Praying for you hunni...we wont close friends but we were classmates and that's all improtant to me!!! Hold your head up God has already turned this thing around in YOUR favor. RIP to Princess...see you soon Kendria

PRAYER*

I HONESTLY THINK THAT THIS SITUATION IS A WAKE UP CALL FOR EVERYONE. YES I THINK THAT EVERYBODY IS ALLOWED TO POST THEIR OWN COMMENTS ON WHAT THEY THINK SHOULD BE DONE TO SHAKENDRIA....BUT THE GOD THAT I SERVE IS WAYY BIGGER THAN ANY STORM WE SHALL FACE. GOD HAS THE LAST SAY SO & IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ITS BEST TO KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF IF THEIR NEGATIVE. I HOPE THAT WHATEVER GOD SEES FIT FOR THIS SITUATION WILL BE DONE! PRAYER CHANGES THINGS #FREE KEN!!

Ken - should not go free for murder

I agree with you....prayer does change things. But when we do wrong there are consequences and repercussions. Even if it was unintentional and we don't know the whole story, I know enough to say that there was intent to do bodily harm since she brought a knife and the other lady didn't and she came to her town. I'm not saying that either party was right in what they did....but I wonder would your comments have been the same if it were "Ken"....that should make you wonder. But you don't have to because it wasn't her and....you can still speak and see her if you want to. My wish is that we stop blaming others for peoples actions and keep both families in our prayers.

re: prayer

Your comment makes no sense. You say you want God's will to be done, but in the same breath, you say Free Ken.. You don't know what God's will may be, it may not be God's will to free Ken! Too many people put on their rightegous robe and throw God around like you know what is in God's mind. In reality, you want YOUR will to be done. God will judge, but you don't know what he will choose the outcome to be. Will you truely accept God's descision if he chooses not to "free Ken"? I wonder....

Only God Can Judge You

It kills me to read people saying #free ken. Yes she made a huge mistake but now its time for her to learn from it. She did the crime so do the time. If she gets off so easy who is to say she will learn from her mistake. Ken family and friends can still support her unconditonally while she is in jail by sending her letters, pictures and even some money. Ken has done the best thing she can do right now and that is ask God, the person who sits high and looks low and forgives you, for forgiveness. I pray for Ken and Princess's family to both be strong and to contiue to count your blessings. This is a wake up call for all young and old. Please let this be a lesson learn for all.

Others can also

A jury can also judge you. And murder isn't a mistake.

a jury can judge u

yes a jury can judge u but they can be wrong. yes jury can judge but god also is still the most high judge....by people sittin back holla through the book at her,shes a muder, she desever what she get, and she done the crime now do the time STOP judgin cause god say in matthew chapter seven verse one and two state with what measure u judge others u shall be judge also.so dont think its ok to do it cause u are sinning....

Then I'll be good to go...

...because I've never killed anybody. Measure away.

...

ok we all feel sorry for the female that got killed in the process, fine...but imagine if the same scenario would've happended to shakendria, these comments would feel the exact same or worse. The fact of the matter is this...they both played apart in this situation no doubt about any of it! It takes two to tango and two in this case to fight, shakendria WAS NOT ALONE!!! It makes no sense to blame just shakendria for this just because the other girl died, she too played her part, DEATH DOES NOT MAKE YOU INNOCENT! We all feel sorry for the lost of Princess it was truly sad and sympathy goes to the family for sure without a doubt. Noone wants to experience that pain of losing a loved one, but when you flip the scenario how would you feel... With that said being my opinion I will still continue to support my friend until the end...
SHAKENDRIA F. HARPER WHETHER YOU SEE OR HEAR ABOUT THIS OR WHATEVER, JUST KNOW CLINTON HAS YOUR BACK AND WE LOVE YOU DEARLY! NO MATTER THE SITUATION WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!!! WE LOVE YOU HONEY #FREE KANDII K

You're out of your mind.

You're out of your mind. You want to support your friend emotionally, fine. But she killed someone. How can you support that??
It's not that death makes you innocent, dear, it's that causing death makes you guilty. It's not that hard. If two people have a beef with each other, sure, the problem is shared. But when one person decides to sink a knife into the body of the other person, responsibility has completely been shifted.

FREE SHAKENDRIA

No im not saying what she did was right no not at all, but i know Shakendria and she is a good person. What Shakendria did was a typical thing that a lot of females would have done in a fight. Everybody is so quick to say Shakendria deserves what she get and if you ask I hope she will be set free. Yes, "everybody do make mistakes" just in this case some one lost their life in the fight. What people fail to realize is that their is no such thing as a FAIR FIGHT!!!! A fight is a fight whether you win or lose. SHAKENDRIA DONT WORRY YOUR COMING HOME BUT MEAN WHILE HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH YOU KNOW WE GOT YOUR BACK THROUGH WHATEVER

Oh she's coming home

Oh she's coming home allright...in about 10 to 20....years that is. She killed someone. If she is proven guilty she deserves to have the book thrown at her, end of discussion. And no, most females don't stab people in a fight.Just thugs and wastes of good clean air.

yeah shes comin home in about ten or twenty years

that is not nothing nice to say . what if it was u? have u ever made a mistake that u wish u could take back? i know u have everyone has thats life so dont be so harsh............

look

If you don't know what happen then keep your mouth shut Ken is coming home soon. People make mistakes every day but CLINTON AND CLASS OF 09 GOT HER BACK.. KEN KEEP DAT HEAD UP... KAYLA IS HERE FOR YOU F WAT THEM PPL SAY BOUT U.. U KNW WHAT HAPPENED THEY DONT

sounds like u were there

Kayla n Marsha from Clinton. Sounds like u were at the scene of the crime. U r not real friends at all. If u were u would not have been pushin ur friend to fite. U all shld go jail. N real life children ur friend will not walk free. Face facts.lesson learned be real friend n encourage each other to rise above.

Man man man or woman

Man man man or woman whatever you may be your very dumb for posting that comment have some respect for both families not just the ones that hurting due to a lost. Let the case handel it self but im sure you be happy if they gave her life smh that is the problem with the younger generation so quick to talk without thinking..

This didn't have to be

I think it's so sad. Since I got the news my brain has been working ten thousand times faster than it usually does.So many thoughts..So many unanswered questions.I knew Princess. She was a sweet girl.OMG it didn't have to be this way. I didnt know Shakendria but just to look at her photo, just seeing the look in her eyes, I truly do not believe she intended to kill her. Hurt her, maybe but she didn't mean for it to end like this.If anyone has any information please, please come forward.

FREE KEN

If anyone knows Kendria like we do yall would no she don't desreve this. People make mistakes and all and they learn from them. You can't put the blame on one person. Harper is a good girl and she don't belong behind bars she got my support because she was not the only one at fault with this... FREE KEN TILL DA END....

Cromartie

I'm sure Princess was a good girl too, just like Harper. Maybe Harper doesn't belong behind bars, but Cromartie doesn't belong in a grave either. Sounds like superb intellect was really on it's game when she thrust that knife into her femoral artery. Somebody should have been paying attention in Health and Biology class. Do the crime...Do the time...