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.”
“Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace,” said the 16 year-old girl’s mother, Paula. pic.twitter.com/vhBauZn3Kc
— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) April 21, 2021