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A Michigan Teenager Attempted to Break Up with Her Boyfriend. So He Shot Her in the Head, Prosecutors Say.

Michigan Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Teen Ex-Girlfriend at Hotel
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Veronica Crain was reportedly trying to end her relationship with the suspect when he fatally shot her, police said.

Feb. 29 2024, Updated 10:19 a.m. ET

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A Michigan man is facing charges after authorities allege he fatally shot his teenage ex-girlfriend when she tried to end their relationship.

Around 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 16, officers responded to a hotel in Canton in reference to a shooting, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

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Once at the scene, officers found 19-year-old Veronica Crain behind the front desk with a gunshot wound to the head.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to investigators, the victim’s ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Joseph Slocum Jr., went into the hotel and shot Crain before fleeing the scene.

Moments later, Canton police officers responding to a car accident found Slocum injured and lying in the road.

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First responders transported Slocum to a local hospital for treatment.

He was charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm and arraigned on Feb. 26.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, "I say this often: The most dangerous time for a domestic violence victim is when they are trying to leave the relationship. Horrifyingly, this case is a textbook example."

Slocum is next scheduled to appear in court on May 3.


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