published Monday, December 19th, 2011

Teenage girl dies following stabbing on Poplar Street in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Police Department officers work the scene of a fight that broke out Monday night in the College Hill Courts near Poplar St., leaving 15-year-old Shaviya Vinson dead of a stab wound to the chest. Anissa Wells, 17-year-old sister of the victim, and Renee Cross, age 23, were also injured in the attack when they say a group of about 10 females rushed the three of them as they were walking along the street.
Chattanooga Police Department officers work the scene of a fight that broke out Monday night in the College Hill Courts near Poplar St., leaving 15-year-old Shaviya Vinson dead of a stab wound to the chest. Anissa Wells, 17-year-old sister of the victim, and Renee Cross, age 23, were also injured in the attack when they say a group of about 10 females rushed the three of them as they were walking along the street.
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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    Anissa Wells holds her head in her hand as she sits on the curb along Poplar St. in the College Hill Courts Monday night as Chattanooga Police Department officers work the scene of a fight that broke out, leaving 15-year-old Shaviya Vinson dead of a stab wound to the chest. Wells, the sister of the victim, and Renee Cross, age 23, were also injured in the attack when they say a group of about 10 females rushed the three of them as they were walking along the street.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Anissa Wells sat on the curb resting her head in her hand.

Police kept asking questions.

Bystanders nearly encircled her.

The 17-year-old had blood belonging to her dead 15-year-old sister, Shaviya Vinson, stained on the pant leg of her blue jeans. Vinson, who received a single stab wound to the chest Monday night at College Hill Court housing development, died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

“I just got rushed,” Wells said. A small abrasion marked her face.

“I just turned around and saw my little sister on the ground bleeding,” she said, shortly before she was escorted to an ambulance.

Vinson’s death marks the 24th homicide of the year in Chattanooga. She is the youngest homicide victim this year.

A fight broke out between two groups in the 1300 block of Poplar Street Court.

When police arrived as many as 50 people, including bystanders, were on the scene, said Chattanooga police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. One teen girl turned over cellphone footage of the fight to police.

The altercation stemmed from an incident over the weekend, Weary said.

Vinson sustained a stab wound to her upper chest at about 6:30 p.m. A small blood trail remained in the street where the attack happened, marked off by yellow crime scene tape. The street was littered with debris from the attack including a metal rack.

“[Shaviya] was just standing there. She wasn’t even fighting,” said Renee Cross, 23, who was walking with Wells and Vinson when the altercation happened. They were walking back from a residence, she said, when they were approached by a group of about 10 people, mostly women.

“A bunch of them ran up the hill. One of them had a little knife in her hand and swinged it. Then the next thing you know, some girl ran up the hill and hit [Anissa] with that iron thing and everyone started fighting,” Cross said.

Cross said she did not know what led to the attack. She said she previously called police about another incident before the fight Monday night.

Police had at least two people detained from the fight for questioning. As of Monday night, no arrests had been made.

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@times free press.com or 423-757-6406.

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lookinfour said...

I wish black leaders would focus their energy on combating black on black crimes rather than constantly playing the race card game. They seem to have all the time in the world to call out discrimination and voting boundries but where are they when it comes to incidents like this. No where to be found.

December 19, 2011 at 9:06 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Are you saying the white community leaders are doing a good job? Read some more news, without your pig glasses on.

December 19, 2011 at 10:14 p.m.
bigguy said...

If the perpetrators are minors, lock their parents up with them.

December 19, 2011 at 10:33 p.m.
lookinfour said...

dude...I just re-read my post with my pig glasses on. Nope. Never said anything about white community leaders. Gotta go read some more news. Thanks for asking.

December 19, 2011 at 11:07 p.m.
Lr103 said...

dude_abides, lookinfour and that crew only show fake concern. The so called black on black crime is a misnomer. Crime is crime. Whether is black on black, whiter on white, red man on red man or yellow man o yellow man.

If you notice the white child molester stories, murders, etc. rarily get a post from lookinfour and that crowd.

Let's see, there's about two or three white on white crimes. Let's see if lookinfour will post anything there.

December 20, 2011 at 2:10 a.m.
Momus said...

black people are the most violent race by a very large margin.

Invadeing countries, slaughtering entire civilizations, enslaving a race of people for centuries... I think blacks have a long way to go before they catch up with us. Don't be so modest JONSES. WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1, WE'RE #1!

December 20, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.
XGSBoss said...

Momus, I think I love you. You know, in that special internet comment section kind of way!

December 20, 2011 at 9:13 a.m.
Nosense said...

BlockquoteInvadeing countries, slaughtering entire civilizations, enslaving a race of people for centuries

...and I thought you were talking about the violence in Africa! LOL

December 20, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
Saban101 said...

joneses, I noticed none of these liberals had an answer for the cold hard facts, they just ignorantly go back to the 1850's. If slavery had never happened, would you be in this great country? You should thank your ancestors for their great sacrifice for which you now benefit. If you hate this country so much, then go "home" and take your liberal government programs with you (and the crime it besets us with). No dad, government paycheck, no discipline, no values = gangs, thugs, violence. Learn something, oh foolish liberals!

December 20, 2011 at 9:25 a.m.
Legend said...

Saban101 said... joneses, I noticed none of these liberals had an answer for the cold hard facts, they just ignorantly go back to the 1850's. If slavery had never happened, would you be in this great country? You should thank your ancestors for their great sacrifice for which you now benefit. If you hate this country so much, then go "home" and take your liberal government programs with you (and the crime it besets us with). No dad, government paycheck, no discipline, no values = gangs, thugs, violence. Learn something, oh foolish liberals!

Does that mean you conservative europeans, who murdered, raped and ravished our Native Ameican land for centuries will now be heading back to Europe and take your false god and religion with you? I'm estatics!! Cain't wait!!

December 20, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.
eddieray said...

it is a shame what is continually happening. The sad part about this is that there is a problem and the community just wants to blame someone else instead of what the real problem is. The parents need to keep the kids from hanging in these big groups because you know what is going to happen and when it does, then the parents want to cry and say how good a person they were.

December 20, 2011 at 10:07 a.m.
Momus said...

Stop thinking on a small scale. Anybody can get a gun/knife and attack someone. We go BIG! Hitler, Kalashnikova, Slobodan Milošević, atom bomb, Jeffrey Dahmer. You can't compare a Shavaya Vinson to a Al Capone. You can't compare a drive-by shooting to blankets infected with small-pox. You shouldn't be ashamed to be a winner. Come on man!

December 20, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
ibshame said...

Saban101 wrote the following: "If slavery had never happened, would you be in this great country? You should thank your ancestors for their great sacrifice for which you now benefit. If you hate this country so much, then go "home" and take your liberal government programs with you (and the crime it besets us with)."

Sometimes the ignorance of some people is so mind-boggling until it becomes almost next to impossible to respond because it is so hard to believe this kind of ignorance still exists but as they say the proof is in the pudding. The comments extoling the virtues of how grateful Black Americans should be that their ancestors were hunted and forced onto slave ships like cattle then brought to this country against their will is the kind of sacrifice they should be proud of. ARE YOU SERIOUS???? Ignorance and stupidity is definitely not confined to the Right but it's for sure when reading comments like those of Saban 101 it's obvious the Right has indeed cornered the market.

December 20, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
metcalf1963 said...

B/S IS FOR THE BIRDS, THIS ISNT EAST L.A

December 20, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.
metcalf1963 said...

IT ALL STARTS WITH THE PARENTS AND IF THEY CANT CONTROL THEM , THEN LET THE COURTS CONTROL THEM THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE

December 20, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.
carmel1212 said...

The problem is, is that these parents cant control them. They are most likely working 2nd or 3rd shifts and are not around in the afternoons when these kids get out of school. Its the deterioration of society and culture. Its not a black thing or a white thing, its a messed up thing thats affecting us ALL! Gangs, child abuse, Hommicides, drug abuse.. none of us are expemt from it because of our color.

December 20, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.
holdout said...

The parents can't control them because the parents were raised in exactly the same way. So were the grandparents. Society has been so afraid of offending someone that we let a large segment of our population degenerate into chaos. We took care of their every need and took control of their lives and now we have turned them into public money vampires.

December 20, 2011 at 12:41 p.m.
kjones0212 said...

this is not a society issue. this incident had been going on for a while and the police did nothing proactively to prevent the incident from escalating. The Chattanooga police department took in the police reports without actually investigating the issue and it happens all the time in housing projects and its the same thing that goes on in schools when kids are being bullied. If a suburban resident continuously called the police claiming they were being bothered by a resident some action would take place to ensure this would not continue to happen. but the housing projects are constanly being put into this box labled ghetto, insignificant, and a waste of time and money. Its easy to have your opiions on who should watch the kids and gang violence is out of control. but this, like many other incidents that happens in the city are mislabled to be gang related when it is not. There were no gangs representing colors or sides of town, or even streets. There was a desperate woman looking for a breath of fresh air from the sickening surrounding she could afford to shelter her kids. And there were kids who are forced to survive as adults and dont know the basic rules of society. ijs, this like alot of incidents in this city could have been prevented. but the people ask for proactive policing and we get profiling, we ask for protection and we get harassment. We ask for our voices to be heard when we are lost and dont know what else to do. ask yourselves what really happens when a young woman goes to the police station with a criminal record of her own in tow and asks for the police to protect her. it should be obvious, nothing happens and justice was taken in the hands of children. Now they want to investigate?? why is there a budget for proactive policing if they cant even sniff out a potential hostile situation when it gets presented to them?? Kids cant be blamed, single mothers cant be everywhere at once, and sixty percent of the minority male population is incarcerated. Quit talking and do something to help these people. Christmas is coming and stresses are rising. The kids in the hood can appreciate a Santa Clause too even though we never had chimneys.

December 20, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.
Nosense said...

Kjones0212...nice rant. So, the police are responsible for this and Santa needs to and come and save them?

December 20, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

Holdout...I agree with you...the "NO Parents" is a 2-3 generations problem...they were all raised without displine/rules or respect for teachers/authority...

ALL of this started when the liberal federal judges/governament took prayer and teachers/principals use of displine out of schools...if I or my kids got in trouble in school, we knew what was waiting for us at home...but NOT todays kids! Their parent(s) go to school and beat up the teachers!

No wonder we have thugs running all over Chattanooga creating mayhem!

December 20, 2011 at 3:43 p.m.
ceeweed said...

If, indeed, an adult killed this 15 year old child, the State should seek the death penalty...I feel for those who are grieving this child's violent death.

December 20, 2011 at 5:25 p.m.
ginagirl43 said...

Lookinfor is right. Also the other posts about violence in minority neighborhoods.

December 20, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.
sangaree said...

eastridge8 said...ALL of this started when the liberal federal judges/governament took prayer and teachers/principals use of displine out of schools...if I or my kids got in trouble in school, we knew what was waiting for us at home...but NOT todays kids! Their parent(s) go to school and beat up the teachers!

Still spewing that senseless rhetoric? Actually, most of Americas most brutal moments in history can be traced to when the nation was deeply steeped in its religious beliefs, and beating and evening murdering your child was the norm according to biblical rule. In those times, no parent was held criminally accountable for the death or murder of their child. We didn't hear about teachers and principals sexually assaulting or having inappropiate relationships with their students either back in those days. Not that they didn't take place. I rememer a lot of incidents where teachers and even principals were rumored to be sexing it up with students. The only difference between now and then, is then it was all covered up to protect the guilty. If the underage child became pregnant she was carted off to an unwed home for mothers. Those good old days really weren't all that good when the curtains are parted.

December 20, 2011 at 10:20 p.m.
Legend said...

kjones0210 said....The Chattanooga police department took in the police reports without actually investigating the issue and it happens all the time in housing projects If a suburban resident continuously called the police claiming they were being bothered by a resident but the housing projects are constanly being put into this box labled ghetto, insignificant, and a waste of time and money. in the city are mislabled to be gang related when it is not. There were no gangs representing colors or sides of town, or even streets. There was a desperate woman looking for a breath of fresh air from the sickening surrounding she could afford to shelter her kids. And there were kids who are forced to survive as adults and dont know the basic rules of society. ijs, this like alot of incidents in this city could have been prevented. but the people ask for proactive policing and we get profiling, we ask for protection and we get harassment ask yourselves what really happens when a young woman goes to the police station with a criminal record of her own in tow and asks for the police to protect her.

A very insightful and poignant post. Yet, hasn't it always been that way? The law and laws have never favored a people they once oppressed. That's just the way it is. The way it's always been, the way it always will be.

December 21, 2011 at 12:15 a.m.
Legend said...

continued for kjones 0210/SOLUTIONS:

After slavery ended, many of the slaves left the plantations and tried to get as far away from their oppressors as possible. They carried the skills as carpenters, blacksmiths and other viable skills with them that they'd learned and had been passed down to them generation after generations as slaves. Now as free men nd women they built entire towns, Formed their own volunteer fire departments and created what today would be considered their own volunteer police force. As even at such a great distance they were often hunted down and their entire towns burned to the ground by angry sheriff posse and mobs. They were the actual originators of the idea of volunteer firefighters. That's what is missing today in the black community. Those qualities and skills the ancestors had that gave them the ability to sustain themselves are now gone. Lost. That's what the black community will have to come together and do today uplift themselves. The police aren't going to help. The problems of the black community have become their primary reason for existance. Job guarantee. They've created entire departments based solely on the ills in the black community; gang task force, etc. Why would someone want to fix something that by doing so would harm their livelihood? Only the black community can fix the black community problems. And they can only accomplish that by coming together and reaching out to one another with as little outside interference as possible. Get rid of that class racism that's divided and harmed the black community. Roll up the sleeves and be willing to break a sweat and get dirty. Don't look down on and snub fellow poor blacks just because they're living in public housing, as I've personally known some blacks to do.

December 21, 2011 at 12:16 a.m.
chet123 said...

WHAT CAN I SAY??? THE BEAT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON.....THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE FATHERS ARE TAKEN OUT OF THE HOMES.........THIS IS NOT CIVILIZED BEHAVIOR.....

WHY ARE THE FEMALE BEHAVIORING LIKE ANIMALS...IT WAS JUST TWENTY DOLLARS......20 FEMALE FIGHTING OVER 20 DOLLARS???...THAT ONLY 1 BUCK FOR EACH FEMALE....WHAT CAN YOU BUY FOR 1 DOLLARS..Hmmmmmm A MILKY WAY CANDY BAR Hmmmmmm SOMEONE TELL ME IF I'M LOSING MY MIND!!!!! THIS GIRL DEAD OVER A MILKY WAY ?????? SOMETHING IS WRONG HER.....

THIS IS WHAT YOU SEE WITH A SUB-CULTURE!!!!!

WOMEN RUNNING THE HOUSE-HOLD!!!

TO MY GOOD OLD BOYS......KEEP YOUR HOUSE-HOLD TOGETHER BRO.....YOU DOING IT RIGHT!!!

December 22, 2011 at 12:36 p.m.
chet123 said...

SIMPLE SOLUTION!!!....GET A REAL MAN IN THE HOUSE!...STOP GIVING YOUR PRECIOUS BODY AWAY FREE WITH NO OBLIGATION FROM THE MALE..WORK ON YOUR SELF-ESTEEM...WHY WOULD A MAN WANT TO BUY A COW WHEN HE CAN GET THE MILK FREE Hmmmmmmmm!!!Hmmmmmmmmm! THINK ABOUT IT......OR WHY WOULD A MAN WANT TO BUY A COW...WHEN SOMEONE ELSE WILL BE GETTING THE MILK FREE Hmmmmm...IT DOESNT TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO FIGURE IT OUT Hmmmmm! WHERE THE ELDERS AND OLDER WOMEN TO TEACH THESE GIRLS AND YOUNG LADIES Hmmmmmmmm.....

HAVING PROBLEMS ASSIMULATING INTO CIVILIZATION??????Hmmmmmmm...

I KNOW! ...I KNOW!...I KNOW!....ITS THE WHITE MAN FAULT!!!!!

WHAT BS!

December 22, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
chet123 said...

SOMEONE TELL ME PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

WHERE ARE THE OLDER BLACK FEMALES Hmmmmmmm! Hmmmmmmm!

December 22, 2011 at 5:36 p.m.
chet123 said...

WHY DO I KEEP GETTING THESE HISTORY LESSONS.....HEY BRO...I'M A BLACK MAN!!!!

HISTORY, HISTORY,HISTORY!!!! THIS IS TODAY'S SATANIC SPIRITS......FACE THE MUSIC!!!

December 22, 2011 at 5:41 p.m.
chet123 said...

We are suppose to be laughing have fun....thanking GOD for his SON....to see this young girl in the photo ..sitting on the street curb with her head in her hand is so heart-breaking...i would love to have her as an adoptive daughter.....indoctrinate her with Christian values and education to be productive member of society....this make my heart bleed...why do people have children if they not going to raise them.....this is a challenge to black churches

Pray for these children!

The OLD devils are another story!..Unfortunately for the children this is all they know......

December 22, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.
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