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Five teenagers charged in connection to fatal Valentine's Day shooting in Georgia

Source: Gwinnett County police

May 16 2021, Published 1:06 p.m. ET

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Five girls — all under 18-years-old  —  were arrested in connection to a fatal Valentine’s Day shooting in Georgia.

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Gwinnett County Police said they arrested three 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds for the murder of Faith Burns. 

The Gwinnett County Police Department began investigating a domestic-related homicide in a Dacula neighborhood around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Officers assigned to the Bay Creek Precinct responded to a “person shot” call on Uniwattee Trail at the intersection of Mountain Ash Court and found a woman in her early 20s suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she later died, according to Gwinnett County police.

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Investigators believed the shooting took place in the road, and officers found several shell casings along the opposite side of the street, according to police.

Investigators identified the victim in this case as Burns, 20, from Loganville.


After speaking with witnesses and processing the scene, detectives got warrants for Damia Mitchell, 17, from Snellville for felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a person under 18 charges. She turned herself in to police on Feb. 16 and is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail.

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Investigators believed Burns and Mitchell knew each other and had a domestic fight before the shooting, according to police

Officers also arrested Kennedy Collins and Jocelyn Spencer, both 17, from Loganville, and two unnamed girls from Snellville.

The juveniles are being charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

Collins was arrested on March 17 and Spencer was arrested on May 14. Mitchell, Collins and Spencer are currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, according to Gwinnett County officials.


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