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Ma’Khia Bryant biography: 13 things about Columbus, Ohio girl Nicholas Reardon shot

Ma'Khia Bryant, Paula Bryant
Ma’Khia Bryant, Paula Bryant

Ma’Khia Bryant was an African-American girl from Ohio, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She lived in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. (a)
  2. She was a foster child under the care of Franklin County Children Services, a foster home in Columbus. She was Angela Moore‘s foster child. (b) (c)
  3. Her biological mother Paula Bryant is a nursing assistant. (a)
  4. Her biological mother described her as a sweet child who promoted peace and had a motherly nature about her. (a) (d)
  5. She was a bubbly girl who had a sweet soul and loved her biological mother very much, according to her cousin Donnie Bryant. (e)
  6. She had issues but she was loving, according to her aunt Hazel Bryant. (d)
  7. She loved singing and dancing and wanted to be a YouTuber. (c) (f)
  8. In February 2021, she enrolled at Independence High School in Independence, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She was an honor roll student. (f) (g)
  9. On April 15, 2021, she was with her biological mother. It was the last time they were together. (h)
  10. On April 20, 2021, she emailed her business education teacher Austin Owens about her five-year plan and according to the teacher, she was “somebody who desperately wanted better for her life” based on the language she used. On the same day, she and two of Moore’s female former foster children bickered over housekeeping in Moore’s home on Legion Lane in Columbus while Moore was not there. At around 4:30 p.m. that day, she was trying to stab the two former foster children with a knife on Legion Lane so Columbus Division of Police officer Nicholas Reardon shot her four times. She was taken to Mount Carmel East in Columbus. She was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m. (a) (e) (c) (f)
  11. She died at the age of 16. Before her death, she called police, her biological father and grandmother for help. (a) (i)
  12. She coincidentally died on the same day former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. (a)
  13. Her grandmother Ila Bryant compared her death to that of Breonna Taylor. (i)


(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


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