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Paula Bryant, the mother of 15-year-old Ma’khia Bryant, raved about her daughter as she reflected on the life of her beloved teenager who was killed by police in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday. 

Paula recalled the last conversation she had with her daughter, who revealed that she made the honor roll. The young woman, who was living in a foster home, also told her mom on Thursday that she was looking forward to coming back to her family’s house.

“We hugged each other. She said ‘Mommy, I made honor roll,” Paula told WBNS. “She said ‘Mommy, I’m looking forward to coming home.”

As Blavity previously reported, the family’s plans were destroyed when officers responded to a call about an attempted stabbing and fired multiple shots at Ma’khia, who they said was holding a knife as she was caught up in the middle of a brawl between two other girls. 

The family, however, said the honor roll student was fending off a physical assault when police arrived. 

“My daughter dispatched Columbus police for protection, not to be a homicide today,” Paula said. 

The grieving mother described her loved one as someone who would promote peace.

“Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her,” the heartbroken woman said. “That is something that I want to always be remembered.”

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