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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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