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Rosedale girl, 16, killed in Brooklyn

Kyanna Thomas was stabbed to death

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Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:30 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Kyanna Thomas, 16, of 19th Road in Rosedale, was stabbed to death in Brooklyn over the weekend, and the NYPD is still looking for the person or persons responsible.

On Sunday Sept. 25 at approximately 3:10 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a female stabbed at the corner of McDougal Street and Saratoga Avenue in Brownsville.

Upon arrival, they found the victim with a stab wound to the head. EMS responded and transported Thomas to Interfaith Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival. No one was immediately arrested and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

“It is an incredible tragedy, which should serve a wake-up call for all of us as long as the plague of violence is present,” City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton), who represents the Rosedale area, said Wednesday.

Even though Thomas was bleeding heavily after being slashed with a box cutter, she managed to call police using her cell phone, which was discovered beside her body in a pool of blood, according to published reports.

“The community board joins with everyone in the community to offer condolences to the family at this tragic time,” Larry McClean, manager of Community District 13, which includes Rosedale, said Wednesday.

Police are trying to figure out the teen’s cell phone password, so they can determine who she talked to before she died. Friends said a boy she had rebuffed sent her a threatening text message, the reports said.

“People need to get proactive and become involved in their communities so that we can curb this violence,” said crime victims advocate Shawn Williams, a resident of LeFrak City and mom of three girls. “Don’t wait to become the victim of a crime. The time to get involved is now.”

Thomas was a student at the Brooklyn Latin School in Williamsburg. Margie Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, said Wednesday that a crisis team would be visiting the school this week to offer counseling to any students that need it.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477).The public can also submit tips by logging onto the website nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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