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Tragic stabbing death stemmed from a Facebook argument over $20

"IMA HAVE THE LAST LAUGH!!!" Richards wrote. Henriques's reply was cryptic: "We will see."


Chase Hoffberger

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 5, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 9:56 am CDT

A woman in Brooklyn will spend the next 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the stabbing death of her friend. Pretty standard stuff—except the altercation first originated on Facebook.

Kayla Henriques, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday of stabbing to death Kamisha Richards, 22, after the two engaged in a fight over Facebook concerning the use of $20.

Richards, who was dating Henriques’s brother at the time, had loaned the money to her friend so that Henriques could buy diapers. Henriques decided to use the money for something else. 

The two began arguing over Facebook after Richards found out about Henriques’ activity, eventually boiling to the point where Richards laid down a threat: “Kayle now u getin outa hand… I hope u having fun entertaining the world… Trust, IMA HAVE THE LAST LAUGH!!!”

Henriques’s reply was just as cryptic: “We will see.”

The argument escalated even further when the two met in person. At the East New York apartment of Henriques’s grandmother, Richards reportedly reached for a pair of scissors. Henriques went for a knife and swung it, stabbing Richards once. She died from blood loss. 

Henriques’ pleading guilty to manslaughter came as a plea agreement approved by the victim’s family. She was originally facing 25 years to life had she been convicted of murder. 

According to the New York Daily News, her Facebook page still maintains a message from the day following the killing: “I can’t be leave this happen I’m sorry I send my condolences to her family,” the message reads. “RIP kamisha.”

Photo via Kamisha Richards Foundation/Facebook

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*First Published: Aug 5, 2013, 11:19 am CDT