According to Lady Capulet, what happened in the fight Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet?

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Lady Capulet first responds with this:

Tybalt, my cousin! O my brother’s child! O Prince! O cousin! Husband! Oh, the blood is spilled Of my dear kinsman! Prince, as thou art true, For blood of ours shed blood of Montague. O cousin, cousin! (Act 3, Scene 1 Line 109-113)

She is devastated by the loss of her nephew. She knows he was killed by the family's arch enemies, the Montagues. In keeping with the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, she responds with this:

He is a kinsman to the Montague. Affection makes him false. He speaks not true. Some twenty of them fought in this black strife, And all those twenty could but kill one life. I beg for justice, which thou, Prince, must give. Romeo slew Tybalt. Romeo must not live. (Act 3, Scene 1 Lines 138-140)

Lady Capulet has a hard time believing Benvolio. After all, he is Romeo's cousin. She says that he is telling a lie and that there were 20 Montague men against Tybalt. She begs the Prince to deal swiftly and justly with Romeo. She tells the Prince that, "Romeo must die."

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