‘Mom, I was shot:’ 19-year-old student from South Georgia was shot and killed while sleeping at home
A 19-year-old girl was shot and killed while she was sleeping in her home over the weekend in central Georgia.
WJBF reports that Khia Shields was sleeping in her home in Jefferson County when she was shot at around 1 a.m. Saturday.
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Her mother, Sherika Bates, told WJBF that she entered her room with a gunshot wound to the chest.
“I’m up there,” said Bates. “She’s looking at me, and I’m looking at her.” “She raised her hands saying, ‘Mom, Mom, I was shot.'”
Shields was taken to hospital, where she died.
The teenager who was loved An employee at Walmart in Grovetown, Georgia. She just celebrated her birthday last week. Family members said she planned to become a teacher. She had just started her sophomore year at Georgia Southern University.
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Walmart has erected a memorial honoring Shields at the store.
Bates told the WJBF her mission now is to stop gun violence in her daughter’s name.
“Just put your weapons down,” Bates said. “I will keep her name alive. I will continue to talk about her until we can find a solution to stop the gun violence.
Shields are one of them More than 90 teens and children in georgia who were shot dead this year.
It is not clear who shot or if Shields was the target. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is one of the agencies investigating the case. Investigators told WJBF that gang activity has recently increased in the area.
The GBI is asking anyone with information to contact the Wrens Police Department at (706)-547-3232 or the GBI Thomson’s office at (706)-595-2575. You can also text Wrens Crimeline at (706)-872-6755.
The family of A GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.