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Police arrest 4 suspects between the ages of 12 and 14 after a teen girl was violently stabbed to death at a Louisiana Walmart and entire incident was streamed online

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'We have to get control of our kids'

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Police arrested four pre-teens and teens ages 12 through 14 after a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death at a Lake Charles, Louisiana, Walmart on Saturday.

What are the details?

According to a report from ABC News, authorities responded to the Walmart on Saturday evening for calls of a fight and discovered that a 15-year-old girl had been stabbed.

The stabbing reportedly took place during a fight with four other girls, all of whom were allegedly younger than the teen victim.

First responders transported the young girl to a local hospital, where she died.

In a statement, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said that the motive behind the fight and subsequent attack is unknown.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said that the kids reportedly "stole knives from the actual store where they were at."

"It is really heartbreaking when we have to come in and pick up the pieces because so many families are damaged after this," he added.

"Our whole case unfolded before us through live Facebook and Instagram," Mancuso revealed. "We have videos of everything that took place and it's very disturbing. The whole murder was played out on [social media] so, again, there appeared to be no remorse. It was very cold to see 12, 13, 14, and 15-year-olds acting this way and we as a society can't tolerate it. We cannot let this plague take over our community."

Mancuso added, "This is the third homicide in six months that we've had that involved juveniles that range from 11 to 16 years old. They come from all backgrounds, all races. This is just a problem that we are having with kids having access to weapons, or stealing weapons."

According to KPLC-TV, the fight may have started at a movie theater before resulting in the Walmart fatality.

All four juveniles were booked into a local juvenile detention center. Authorities charged at least one juvenile with second-degree murder and charged the other three girls with principal to second-degree murder.

The investigation remains ongoing, and Mancuso said that there could be further arrests in the case.

KATC-TV on Sunday reported that Mancuso and parish law enforcement will aggressively enforce curfews set by state and local laws, which, at the time of this reporting, are 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and midnight to 5 a.m. on weekends, local time.

"This is not something we can police our way out of," he added. "I just don't feel like this is a police matter. This is a parenting issue. People need to know where their kids are. They need to know what's going on in their lives. We're going to take some aggressive steps. This is going to be parish-wide, every city, we're all going to be on the same page. We're going to have zero tolerance on curfew violators."

Mancuso said that it's up to parents to take control.

"They have to," he explained. "We can't do this. We can arrest them, but that's not going to solve the problem. It's going to take parenting; knowing where their kids are, what they're involved in, what they're doing. You're dropping kids off, they're not supervised."

"We're asking everybody to step up and get involved," he pleaded. "All of us: parents, grandparents, store owners. We can't let this happen, because it's going to get worse and it's going to get completely out of control. We as a society cannot tolerate this behavior. We cannot sit back and let this happen."

Any people with information on the case are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office at (337) 491-3605.

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