Kashala Francis was walking home from Attucks Middle School Thursday (April 18) when she was jumped by two girls and kicked in the head by another. Cellphone recording of the incident shows the attackers laughing.
The girl’s mother Mamie Jackson told reporters that Kashala came home with a bruise on her face, told her what happened but insisted she was fine. However, things quickly got worse.
On the following Saturday, Jackson says Kashala went to a family member’s house and was told she became delusional but was able to gather her bearings. On Sunday (April 21), Kashala called her mother and complained she felt weak and had a painful headache before lying down.
Jackson said soon after she called the ambulance because Kashala was unconscious. While at Texas Children’s Hospital, it was discovered she had a tumor in the back of her head and had fluid buildup in her brain.
On Wednesday morning (April 24) Kashala died. Pending an autopsy, it’s unclear if the young girl had the tumor prior to the fight, or if being kicked in the head caused the tumor, which resulted in her death.
Until the autopsy can make the distinction, the case is being investigated as a homicide.
In an emailed sent to The Daily News, the school district stated it’s offering students access to grief counselors.
“[The district] is deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. We extend our sincere condolences to the student’s family, friends, teachers, and classmates.”