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16-year-old DC girl stabbed to death over McDonald’s ‘sweet and sour’ sauce

 September 1, 2023

A teenage girl lost her life in a tragic incident that started as a disagreement over McDonald's sweet-and-sour sauce in Washington, D.C.

In the shocking incident, 16-year-old girl Naima Liggon died as the result of a stabbing that took place during a disagreement over McDonald's sauce. Liggon, who was a student at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Maryland, was involved in a heated argument with two other girls over the sauce, which ultimately led to her being stabbed in the chest and abdomen. Despite efforts to save her life, she succumbed to her injuries at the hospital, the Daily Wire reported.

Escalation of a trivial argument

The unfortunate event took place outside a McDonald's on 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., in the early hours of a Sunday morning.

Liggon and another girl reportedly started hitting a 16-year-old suspect and as they attempted to enter a vehicle, and the suspect attacked Liggon with a 7½-inch pocketknife.

It was reported in court that the altercation among the three girls originated from a disagreement over the aforementioned condiment.

Legal proceedings

Following the incident, the suspect, a 16-year-old girl from Waldorf, was apprehended and found in possession of a knife.

She faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill, aggravated assault, felony assault, and carrying a dangerous weapon.

During a court hearing at the D.C. Superior Court, the suspect entered a plea of "not involved," which is equivalent to a plea of not guilty in juvenile court.

Her defense attorney argued that she acted in self-defense during an altercation initiated by the others, while the prosecution argued that she was the only individual who brought a knife to what was essentially a fistfight.

Increasing juvenile crime in D.C.

This incident underscores the growing problem of juvenile crime in Washington, D.C.

The presiding judge at the D.C. Superior Court, Sherri Beatty-Arthur, remarked on the absurdity of the situation, noting the tragedy of losing a life over something as trivial as a sauce dispute.

This incident led to the implementation of a curfew for young individuals in specific areas of Washington, D.C., as part of an effort to curb violent juvenile crime.

The curfew mandates that children aged 16 and younger must be off the streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays, and from midnight to 6 a.m. on weekends.

Reaction from the community

The murder has caused alarm in a city already grappling with a surge in crime.

This incident marked the 13th minor to be killed in D.C. this year.

The escalating violence has led to calls from a D.C. councilman for the National Guard to be deployed to restore order.

Critics argue that the current state of lawlessness is a consequence of years of anti-police rhetoric and policies.

Even D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who previously denied a crisis in the city, has now acknowledged the city's ungovernability.

In July, he bluntly stated that it is possible to get away with murder in the city.

Meanwhile, local residents like Sabel Harris, chair of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission located near the McDonald’s, expressed her horror at the tragedy.

Harris, who walks by the McDonald’s almost every day, said her mind is reeling from the incident. She is urging the mayor to take more decisive action. Harris said:

I don’t know what the solution is. I just wish there was more transparency and more accountability taken with people like the mayor and the council to say, ‘This is not working.’


  • Naima Liggon, a 16-year-old girl, lost her life in a stabbing incident that started as a disagreement over McDonald's sauce.
  • The suspect, a 16-year-old girl from Waldorf, faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder while armed.
  • The incident led to the implementation of a youth curfew in Washington, D.C., and has ignited discussions about the rising problem of juvenile crime in the city.