Ma’Khia Bryant’s mom wants daughter remembered as ‘loving 16-year-old girl’

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Ma’Khia Bryant’s mom wants daughter remembered as ‘loving 16-year-old girl’

Ma’Khia Bryant’s mom said in a new interview that she wants her daughter to be remembered for being “a very loving 16-year-old gir

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Ma’Khia Bryant’s mom said in a new interview that she wants her daughter to be remembered for being “a very loving 16-year-old girl” – not for the incident that ended her young life.

“I want the world to know that Ma’Khia Bryant was a very loving 16-year-old girl. She was my daughter, my baby. I loved her,” Paula Bryant said on CNN on Thursday night.

“She was very talented and smart. She was funny. Her favorite color was blue,” the grieving mom told host Chris Cuomo.

“I’ve always had sympathy for the Breonna Taylor story and her family and her friends and her situation. And now I know what it feels like to lose a child,” she said, referring to the woman who was fatally shot by Louisville, Ky., police in March 2020 

Bryant said she was at the dentist when she received word that her daughter had been killed by police.

“This is so unreal, the hurt that I feel, I’m devastated. I was shocked when I heard the news. It was unbelievable,” she said. “No parent should have to go through this.”

Paula Bryant, single mother of Ma'Khia Bryant, was not at home when she received news that her daughter had been killed.
Paula Bryant, the mother of Ma’Khia Bryant, was not at home when she received news that her daughter had been killed.
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Bryant said she still has not been able to bring herself to watch the entire police bodycam video of her daughter’s final moments.

Police bodycam footage from April 20, 2021, shows Ma'Khia Bryant allegedly wielding a knife moments before her death.
Police bodycam footage from April 20, 2021, shows Ma’Khia Bryant allegedly wielding a knife moments before her death.
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Dramatic footage released by police appears to show Ma’Khia lunging with a knife at a girl before she was fatally shot by a police officer, named in reports as Nicholas Reardon.

Paula Bryan said she has not been able to watch the entire video of her daughter's death.
Paula Bryan said she has not been able to watch the entire video of her daughter’s death.
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 “I want to remember Ma’Khia, you know, the good things about Ma’Khia, the loving things about Ma’Khia,” Bryant said.

Columbus students on High Street protesting the shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant on April 21, 2021.
Columbus students on High Street protesting the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant on April 21, 2021.
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“I’m a single mother of five kids and, you know, now Ma’Khia is gone and I only have four kids, and I can’t — that is so hard for me to say,” she said, choking back tears.

“Ma’Khia I believe is in heaven. She’s an angel,” Bryant added.

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