Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, was fighting with girls over an unmade bed before fatal police shooting, foster mom reveals

MA'KHIA Bryant was arguing with two other girls over an unmade bed moments before she was shot by police, her foster mom said on Thursday.

The 16-year-old Black teen was shot by police in Columbus on Tuesday mere hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three counts of manslaughter and murder charges in the killing of George Floyd.

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Angela Moore, her foster mom, said Bryant was involved in a fight with two other girls over housekeeping.

"It was over keeping the house clean," Moore said. "The older one told them to clean up the house because 'Mom doesn't like the house dirty,'" Moore said. "So that's how it all started."

Moore said two of her former foster children had come to their Columbus, Ohio home to celebrate Moore's birthday when they began arguing with Bryant.

Police body cam during Tuesday's shooting showed Bryant lunge at another woman with a knife outside the home. The department has since urged people to await judgment pending the investigation.


"You're not the guardian of me," Bryant apparently told one of the girls, Moore said when recounting the story to CNN.

"They argue all the time," Moore recalled, "but I never thought it would escalate like that."

The foster mom said she got a frantic call from one of her former foster kids, seen on body cam video wearing pink and jumping out of the way as Bryant brandished a knife at her.

"Mom, get home. Where are you? They're going crazy," Moore said her former foster child said. "She said they shot Ma'Kiah and I said, 'Huh?' It was just crazy."

When Moore got the call, she started praying immediately, just before receiving messages from people saying "I'm sorry."

By the time she got home, Bryant was shot four times by a police officer.

"I never in my worst nightmare would have thought it would ever come to this," Moore said.

Moore's house, where Bryant had been living for only a handful of months, was adorned with candles and balloons on Thursday following her foster child's police-involved shooting.

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