16-year-old girl murdered, 17-year-old girl shot by ex-boyfriend in Nashville, police say

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Nov. 16 2021, Published 10:21 a.m. ET

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Police have made an arrest in the September murder of a 16-year-old girl and the attempted homicide of a 17-year-old girl.

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Mohamed Sowa was taken into custody last week in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Ja’niya Birdsong, FOX 17 reported.

Sowa has been charged with criminal homicide and attempted criminal homicide linked to the shooting, according to FOX 17.

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Around 8 p.m.Sept. 26, officers responded to a shooting on Eckhart Drive in Nashville, FOX 17 reported.

Officers found Birdsong in the driveway with a gunshot wound to the head, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to FOX 17.

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Investigators found a second victim, an unnamed 17-year-old girl, inside the home with gunshot wounds to both legs. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment, FOX 17 reported.

The 17-year-old told police that her ex-boyfriend, Sowa, called her and wanted to talk, according to FOX 17.

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She said the conversation turned into an argument, with Sowa making threats to come to the home with other people, FOX 17 reported.


According to police, she told Sowa if he wanted to talk, he should come to the house alone, according to FOX 17. The victim said Sowa came to her house in a damaged silver car without a license plate, FOX 17 reported.

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Sowa started arguing with Birdsong before he pulled out a gun and fired a shot into the air, according to FOX 17.

The second victim said someone approached them from down the street before a group came out from the other end of the street while the argument continued. She remembered the group got into the car with Sowa, who was wearing all white at the time, FOX 17 reported.

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According to police, one of the passengers fired a gunshot before getting into the car and as it drove away, the passenger started shooting at Birdsong and the second victim, according to FOX 17.

According to the criminal affidavit obtained by FOX 17, surveillance footage from the street is consistent with the second victim’s account of what happened.

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Cops found more surveillance footage showing that just before the shooting, someone matching Sowa’s description left an apartment on S. 6th St. with a gun in his hand and a group of people before they got into a light blue car that police say appears to be silver at night with similar damage, FOX 17 reported.

In the video, the car pulled away at the same time the second victim’s cell phone shows a text message from Sowa, stating, “I’m coming can we talk,” according to FOX 17.

Sowa is now being held on a $500,000 bond, FOX 17 reported.


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