Facebook dispute over $20 ends in murder

Summary:18-year-old Kayla Henriques has murdered 22-year-old Kamisha Richards over a $20 dispute that developed on Facebook.

A dispute that started over $20 and turned into a war of words on Facebook has ended with murder. 18-year-old Kayla Henriques stabbed 22-year-old Kamisha Richards near East New York's Cypress Hills housing complex in Brooklyn, according to police cited by NY Daily News.

Richards suffered one stab wound to the chest and succumbed to her injuries at Brookdale Hospital shortly after. Police found a kitchen knife at the crime scene and followed a blood trail to a neighboring building where Henriques was arrested for the death of her brother's girlfriend. She was charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Skeptical police sources said Henriques claimed the stabbing was in self-defense after Richards came after her.

Authorities say the two women engaged in an argument on Facebook a day earlier. Postings on the social network suggest that Richards lent Henriques $20 for diapers and milk. Henriques instead spent the cash on other items that did not immediately return the money. Excerpts of their heated verbal fight is below:

Richards: "U DAM RIGHT I’m MAD. I have no f---- kids and I refuse 2take care of any1 eles so yea I will b needing that $20…this is the last time u will con me into giving u money."

Henriques: "Dnt try to expose me mama but I'm not tha type to thug it ova facebook see u wen u get frm wrk."

Richards: "Kayla now u getin outa hand ... I hope u having fun entertaining the world ... Trust, IMA HAVE THE LAST LAUGH!!!"

Henriques: "We will see."

Family and friends said Richards began taking care of Henriques since her mother died 15 years ago. Last year, Richards threw a baby shower for Henriques and was helping plan a first birthday party in May for her son Alex. When reporters asked if she felt bad about the slaying, Henriques replied: "No, 'cause it was a mistake. I was protecting my kids."

Richards was awaiting her Law School Admission Test results and hoped to begin law school in the fall. She was a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and also worked at a nursing home as well as for JPMorgan Chase.

Topics: Social Enterprise

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