A 16-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed in Northeast D.C. had dreams of becoming the first African American FBI director, his family says.
Tyshon Perry was a student at KIPP DC College Preparatory.
Perry was stabbed in the chest near the NoMa-Galludet Metro station Tuesday afternoon when a large group of teens got into a fight.
He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead.
Perry's family said he was a straight-A student and a good kid who wanted to be in law enforcement.
"This has basically ripped this family in parts. We are healing, we are bonding, we are praying," Shonpaul Perry said.
The teens involved in the fight ran off before officers arrived in response to several 911 calls.
Emmoni Thomas, the manager of a nearby Five Guys restaurant, said she and her coworkers saw the fight.
"The group of kids were fighting so we all ran to the window to see what was going on and one of the little boys just collapsed to the ground and a young man kicked him in the head and he didn't get back up so everybody thought, like, maybe he was knocked out or something," Thomas said. "So I went out there to see what was going on and he was covered in blood."
"We are heartbroken for the parents and family of our student," Susan Schaeffler, the school's founder and CEO, said in a statement. "This is a tragic loss to the KIPP DC College Prep community. We must lean on each other and wrap our arms around our precious children to keep them safe and loved."
Counselors were set to be at the school Wednesday to speak with students and their families.
Homicide detectives are investigating. Several surveillance cameras in the area may have captured the attack.