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Police Seek Teen Facing Murder Charge in Deadly Brewerytown Street Brawl

Police are hoping that Tianna Thomas, 19, turns herself in to face murder charges in a deadly stabbing in Brewerytown

What to Know

  • Groups of women got into an argument in Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood late Monday.
  • A 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death, while her 28-year-old sister was injured, police said.
  • Tianna Thomas, 19, is charged with murder and remained at large Thursday.

A teenager accused of stabbing two sisters during a late-night street brawl in Philadelphia's Brewerytown earlier this week has been charged with murder.

Philadelphia police say 19-year-old Tianna Thomas remains at large, along with seven women who allegedly took part in the confrontation that broke out around 11:30 p.m. Monday at 29th and Jefferson streets.

Surveillance video captured a group of women getting out of a car and meeting up with others before they confront another smaller group of women, police said at a Thursday news conference.

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Authorities say Thomas repeatedly stabbed 23-year-old Shawntae Garrison and 28-year-old Tayshawn Layton. Garrison died a short time later, while Layton remained hospitalized Thursday in critical condition.

A motive for the stabbings remains under investigation. Authorities say Thomas lived across the street from the sisters.

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Tianna Thomas is accused of stabbing a woman to death during a street brawl in Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood. See Larger

Investigators initially heard that a social media post triggered the street brawl, but they have not corroborated that info.

Besides the murder count, Thomas is also charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related charges. The other seven women could face conspiracy charges and/or more serious counts.

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