Girl, 17, Fatally Beaten Outside Brooklyn Apartment Building: Police

Tajae Warner fell to the ground and struck her head on the sidewalk when her alleged assailant hit her, police said

An 18-year-old Brooklyn woman was arrested in an attack on a teenager who died after her head hit the pavement while being beaten over the weekend, police say.

Tajae Warner, 17, was found unconscious outside her building on West 24th Street in Coney Island Saturday night, according to police. She had bruising to her face, allegedly the result of the alleged attack by 18-year-old Sabrina Agard-Ford.

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A photo of Tajae Warner, 17

Friends say Warner was walking home from the neighborhood store when she was attacked. She fell to the ground and struck her head on the sidewalk when her assailant hit her, police said. 

A neighbor said she saw the attack from inside her apartment.

"I look out the window and she's getting pulled by her hair and a girl's fighting her," said Tonya Caniafandoya. 

The girl was taken to NYU Medical Center, where she died Sunday, police said.

Agard-Ford, of Brooklyn, was arrested on second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault charges in the attack, police said.

The victim and the suspect had gotten into some sort of dispute that led to the assault, police said.

Warner's friends say she had big dreams and that she loved to dance and enjoyed fashion.

"She was filled with a lot of energy, a lot of life, everybody loved her. She had a lot of friends," said family friend Lissette Pizarro. 

Neighbors and friends set up a memorial for Warner inside the lobby of her apartment building. 

Brooklyn community advocate Tony Herbert held a rally with Warner's family Tuesday night to call for an end to violence. 

"This violence must stop and it has to stop now, this young lady is dead never to return home to her family because of this savagery," Herbert said in a statement. "We must send a clear and concise message that if you commit an adult crime you must do adult time, we don't have the luxury of making excuses for these kids who are taking innocent lives everyday." 

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Warner's organs will be donated.  

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