'She was a good representation of Mount Vernon.' Candlelight vigil held in the Bronx for teen killed in stabbing
A candlelight vigil was held Friday night in the Eastchester section of the Bronx for 16-year-old Kayla Green, who was fatally stabbed a week earlier in Mount Vernon.
Green was killed and her classmate was injured during a stabbing shortly after a celebration for the Mount Vernon High School boys basketball team.
Police later arrested a 15-year-old girl who was charged with manslaughter.
Pink and white balloons in tribute to Green could be seen on a fence and photos of her on display over candles in front of the house where Green's father lives on Harper Avenue.
Jada Palmer, of Mount Vernon, said Green brought a lot of energy while they were both on a dance team together.
“I remember she came. She was full of energy. She was ready to go,” Palmer recalled.
Green was also a cheerleader at Mount Vernon High School.
Vivienne Robinson, of the Bronx lives nearby Green's father's home and knew the Mount Vernon teen.
“She was a good, honor roll student and a cheerleader. She didn’t deserve this and she’s a good kid,” Robinson said.
Palmer said this was a huge loss and that Green touched so many lives in her short life.
“It’s heartbreaking. We shouldn’t be here for this reason, the reason everyone’s gathering, why the whole city is coming out. Sorry,” Palmer said.
Robinson said she has been devastated, but wanted to be at the vigil to support Green’s father.
“She’s gone and all we can do is pray for them and see that everything’s going fine for the, but it’s not a good feeling,” she said.
Palmer added that the community is already feeling the loss of Green.
“We definitely lost a fighter. Kayla was involved in everything. She cheered, she danced, she was always all over the place. She was liked by the community and she was a good representation of what comes out of Mount Vernon,” she said.