13-Year-Old Texas Girl Dies 5 Days After Fight Outside Of Middle School

AN AUTOPSY IS BEING CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE IF KASHALA FRANCIS DIED AS A RESULT OF A FIGHT, OR DUE TO A PREVIOUSLY UNNOTICED TUMOR IN HER BRAIN.

Kashala Francis, the 13-year-old girl who was on life support after being brutally beaten and kicked in the head during a fight outside of her middle school, has died.

Kashala, a student of Attucks Middle School in Houston, Texas, was targeted by a group of girls after school last Thursday. The girls repeatedly stomped her and beat her in her head, video taken of the violent incident showed.

By Sunday, the teen had fallen unconscious and was placed on life support. She never opened her eyes again after that day.

“Why do I have to suffer?” Kashala’s mother, Mamie Jackson told ABC13 as she cried. “Why do I have to wake up and she’s not here?”

“It’s not fair,” Jackson added. “She did not deserve that.”

While hospitalized, doctors discovered a tumor in the 13-year-old’s brain that was previously unknown to the family. There was also fluid build up in her brain.

It is still unclear if the fight contributed to Kashala’s untimely death, or if it was all the cause of her pre-existing condition.

Jackson, however, remains unconvinced, saying that her daughter’s sudden decline makes no sense.

“So if she had a tumor in her head that we [didn’t know] about, and somebody repeatedly stomps and kicks and punches you in your head, you’re not even fighting back, is it going to be better, is it going to be worse?” Jackson asked.

Jackson insists that if the fight hadn’t happened, “I still would have had more time with my baby.”

Houston Police is working alongside with Houston Independent School District Police to investigate the incident. An autopsy will be conducted at Texas Children’s Medical Hospital to determine Kashala’s cause of death.

Meanwhile, the family is left to mourn and plan a funeral for a 13-year-old child. The family has a Facebook donation page in order to help with Kashala’s funeral expenses. The page has raised more than $10,000, exceeding its goal, over the past three days.

Victor Senties, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department, said the incident is being investigated as a homicide, pending an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

“Until the autopsy is finished, we won’t know,” Senties told ABC News on Wednesday.

He said no arrests have been made and declined to release further details of the investigation.

“I can see these girls kicking her in the head while other children are laughing at her,” Jackson told KTRK of a video that surfaced of her daughter being punched and kicked.

In the video, at least one of the girls fighting with Kashala can be heard laughing.

Houston Independent School District officials released a statement saying they are aware of the “off-campus altercation” and cooperating with the Houston Police Department in its investigation.

Kashala’s death follows a similar incident in Walterboro, South Carolina, where 10-year-old fifth-grader Raniya Wright died on March 27 after a fight with a classmate. On Friday, the South Carolina solicitor declined to file charges because a forensic pathologist determined Raniya had a rare birth defect, arteriovenous malformation, that caused her death.

Jackson said her daughter was jumped about a block from her school by two girls on Thursday as she was walking home.

She said that when Kashala came home from school on Thursday afternoon she had bruises on her face, but claimed she was fine.

By Saturday, Kashala briefly appeared to become delusional while spending the night at a relative’s house and that she complained of severe headaches when she woke up on Sunday, Jackson told KTRK.

“I drove over and I told her to get up. I said, ‘Get up, Kashala.’ She kept saying, ‘Mama, my head hurts,’ so she laid down,” Jackson said.

She said moments later, her daughter lost consciousness and she called 911.

Paramedics took the girl to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston where she slipped into a coma.

Jackson said that while treating her daughter, doctors found the tumor in her head.

“We found out she has a large tumor in the back of her head, and she had fluid buildup in her brain,” Jackson said.

It was too early to tell if the fight Kashala was involved in contributed to her death.

UPDATE : The cause of death for 13-year-old Kashala Francis, who died just days after being attacked by three fellow students at her middle school has been released.

Houston news station KTRK reported that Kashala died due to complications of intracranial neoplasm, a brain tumor, as per the medical examiner’s report.

Doctors discovered the tumor in the back of her head at Texas Children’s Hospital after Kashala was placed on life support two days after the brutal attack outside of Attucks Middle School in Houston, Texas. It is believed that the assault, in which the three girls repeatedly punched and kicked Kashala in the head, may have exacerbated the tumor.

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UPDATE: Kashala Francis, 13, has died Wednesday morning, just days after she was brutally attacked outside of Attucks Middle School by three other students.

The 7th-grade student was repeatedly punched and kicked in her head in a fight that was captured on cell phone footage on April 18. On Sunday, she complained of headaches and fell unconscious.

At the hospital, doctors made the discovery that Kashala had a brain tumor, as well as fluid build-up. Her mother, Mamie Jackson, believes that had the fight not occurred, she “would have had more time with my baby.”

“It’s not fair,” Jackson discussed the footage with KTRK. “She did not deserve that. She kept saying ‘Stop.’ She didn’t even want to fight, but they kept going.”

Both Kashala’s family and friends are mourning over the loss of the young girl. “She was a sweet baby, real sweet,” her mother said. “She always said she loved me, gave me hugs, kisses.”

“She always found a way to make me laugh, when I was sad or mad, no matter what happened,” said a friend.

Jackson feels like there is a lot she still does not know. For Jackson, a healthy 13-year-old dying just days after a fight does not make sense, even with the unknown tumor. Investigators are waiting for the autopsy results to determine how Kashala’s injuries may have aided in her death.

“Why do I have to suffer?” Jackson asked. “Why do I have to wake up and she’s not here?”

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UPDATE 4/29/2019: The cause of death for 13-year-old Kashala Francis, who died just days after being attacked by three fellow students at her middle school has been released.

Houston news station KTRK reported that Kashala died due to complications of intracranial neoplasm, a brain tumor, as per the medical examiner’s report.

Doctors discovered the tumor in the back of her head at Texas Children’s Hospital after Kashala was placed on life support two days after the brutal attack outside of Attucks Middle School in Houston, Texas. It is believed that the assault, in which the three girls repeatedly punched and kicked Kashala in the head, may have exacerbated the tumor.

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UPDATE 4/25/2019: Kashala Francis, 13, has died Wednesday morning, just days after she was brutally attacked outside of Attucks Middle School by three other students.

The 7th-grade student was repeatedly punched and kicked in her head in a fight that was captured on cell phone footage on April 18. On Sunday, she complained of headaches and fell unconscious.

At the hospital, doctors made the discovery that Kashala had a brain tumor, as well as fluid build-up. Her mother, Mamie Jackson, believes that had the fight not occurred, she “would have had more time with my baby.”

“It’s not fair,” Jackson discussed the footage with KTRK. “She did not deserve that. She kept saying ‘Stop.’ She didn’t even want to fight, but they kept going.”

Both Kashala’s family and friends are mourning over the loss of the young girl. “She was a sweet baby, real sweet,” her mother said. “She always said she loved me, gave me hugs, kisses.”

“She always found a way to make me laugh, when I was sad or mad, no matter what happened,” said a friend.

Jackson feels like there is a lot she still does not know. For Jackson, a healthy 13-year-old dying just days after a fight does not make sense, even with the unknown tumor. Investigators are waiting for the autopsy results to determine how Kashala’s injuries may have aided in her death.

“Why do I have to suffer?” Jackson asked. “Why do I have to wake up and she’s not here?”

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A 13-year-old girl is on life support at Texas Children’s Hospital two days after three girls attacked her outside of her middle school in Houston.

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The Attucks Middle School student, Kashala Francis, told her mother, Mamie Jackson, that on Thursday she was attacked by two girls after school and at some point, a third girl jumped in and kicked her in the head. Jackson was able to see the bruising on her daughter’s face, but the 7th-grade student told her she was okay.

On Saturday, Kashala was at a family member’s house where Jackson’s niece said the young girl was delusional, but then returned to normal. On Sunday, Kashala was complaining of a headache and weakness to her mother on the phone.

“I drove over and I told her get up. I said ‘Get up, Kashala.’ She kept saying, ‘Mama, my head hurt,’ so she laid down,” Jackson told ABC13.

Kashala did not open her eyes again. When first responders arrived, she was unconscious.

At Texas Children’s Hospital, doctors found a brain tumor that Kashala’s family did not know about, as well as fluid buildup in her brain. It is unknown whether the tumor was a pre-existing condition or a result of the fight. The family’s Facebook donation page, which has been set up to help pay for Kashala’s medical expenses, reads, “After multiple surgeries, the doctors stated that there is nothing they can do for Kashala and she has been pronounced brain dead.”

“All I know is my daughter was perfectly fine before this fight and now, I’m losing my baby,” Jackson told ABC13 through tears. “Nobody knows how that feels to have to bury their child.”

Both Houston and Houston Independent School District police departments are investigating the incident.

A representative for HISD did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment, but they did provide the following statement to ABC13: “The district is aware that several Attucks Middle School students were involved in an off-campus altercation on Thursday. HISD is gathering information and cooperating with the Houston Police Department in its investigation.”

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