A 13-year-old Houston girl has died at Texas Children's Hospital, nearly a week after the middle school student was allegedly attacked by other teens while walking home from school. Now, the Houston Police Department is investigating whether her death was a homicide.
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On Thursday afternoon, Kashala Francis made it about a block after leaving Attucks Middle School before she was jumped by fellow students, according to her mother, Mamie Jackson. A video of the incident reportedly shows the teen being punched multiple times and kicked in the head.
Kashala told her mother what happened, but insisted she was fine despite some bruising to her face. Two days later, the girl complained of a headache before slipping into a coma from which she never woke up.
The 13-year-old was rushed to the hospital and placed in intensive care. Doctors discovered Kashala had "a large tumor in the back of her head, and she had fluid buildup in her brain," Jackson told KTRK-TV. She passed away Wednesday morning.
Authorities are now waiting on an autopsy to determine what role the alleged assault may have played in Kashala's death, if any. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, but police told ABC News the teen's death is being investigated as a homicide pending the results of the coroner's report.
Jackson has viewed the video showing the attack on her daughter and told KTRK before Kashala's death that it was replaying in her mind: "I can see these girls kicking her in the head while other children are laughing at her," she said through tears.
The family has started a Facebook donation page to help pay for Kashala's medical expenses.