A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized after a 13-year-old stabbed him in the back, Atlanta police said. Witnesses said the attack stemmed from a dispute over a bicycle.
Tara Terrell said her brother, Chauntavious, a student at B.E.S.T. Academy, was attacked by their neighbor Sunday night. She said the accused attacker is a classmate who lives next door on Pelton Place in northwest Atlanta.
"He tried to kill my brother," she said. "He tried to stab him more than one time."
Witnesses said the stabbing was over a bicycle and who had permission to ride it.
According to witnesses, Terrell's younger brother got into an argument about the bike and when she went to help, the boy next door grabbed a kitchen knife from his home and stabbed him.
Family members said the boys have gotten into plenty of fights but have remained friends. A man who identified himself as the accused attacker's father did not have much to say when asked about the incident.
"What do you want me to do about it?" he said before someone in the house slammed the door.
Tara Terrell said she thought of her neighbor as another little brother. She said she would feed him and let him spend the night occasionally.
Despite the recent fights, she said she never thought it would go this far.
"They fight every day every day but it never led to anything like this," she said.
The 13-year-old was in police custody Sunday night.