BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Friends and family poured into Baldwin Baptist Church in Bladen County Wednesday afternoon to say goodbye to a 17-year-old girl who died after being stabbed during a fight with another teenager. It was standing room only.
Hundreds were at the church to express condolences to the Cromartie family. Some arrived 2-hours early and others had to wait outside.
According to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office, Shakendria F. Harper, 19, stabbed Princess Cromartie last Thursday in Elizabethtown.
Cromartie's father said Harper was waiting for the teen at her home when she left work Thursday afternoon. According to deputies, Cromartie was stabbed in the leg, hitting an artery. Relatives believe the fight may have even been caught on tape.
The victim's family said the two teens met in an online chat room, but their friendship faded when they started fighting over a boy.
According to Cromartie's GED instructor, the teenager was a respectful girl who was working to make her parents proud. She was one subject away from taking the GED exam.
Her instructors at Bladen County Community College describe Cromartie as a friendly, loving person who was always willing to stop and help.
Cromartie's family said they appreciate all the support they have received and wants everyone Princess touched to remember her as a caring, young woman who loved her family and community.