Two Georgia Teens Arrested In South Carolina For Murder Of High School Football Star

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In connection with the death of Georgia high school football star Elijah DeWitt, who was found shot in a mall parking lot, two teenagers were arrested in South Carolina and charged with murder.

The body of 18-year-old DeWitt was found on the ground Wednesday evening at 8:15 p.m. near a Dave & Buster’s arcade at Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

There have been two arrests in South Carolina of teens from Lawrenceville, Georgia, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

In connection with DeWitt’s death, Kemare Bryan, 18, and Chandler Zion Richardson, 19, were charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies.

Gwinnett County will receive the extradited pair from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, police said. Currently, they are still being held in South Carolina.

Detectives in Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spent hours interviewing both suspects after deputies in South Carolina found the white Mini Cooper at a QuikTrip gas station, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said.

It was not immediately possible to find out what lawyers represented the pair.

It remains unclear what motivated the shooting.

Gwinnett County Police said the suspects and DeWitt “were familiar with each other.”

“In the parking lot, there was an altercation and then shooting,” police said.

Jefferson High School senior DeWitt was a star wide receiver for the school’s football team.

According to a social media tribute, the team was “heartbroken over the loss of one of our own, Elijah DeWitt.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the DeWitt family during this time. Please understand that we respect their privacy during this period.” the statement said.

According to Dawn DeWitt, her son is a “gentle giant” who dreamed of playing college football.

Dawn DeWitt told WXIA of Atlanta that “he just embraced that dream and nothing stood in his way.”. “He loved football, he was ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get to D1,” Dawn DeWitt said.

It was on Elijah’s father’s birthday that he died.

“He was so full of life, love, and courage,” she said. “It was an honor to be a part of the journey, and I wish I could go back in time.”

 

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