Sakhya Monea Bentley, 12, was fatally shot Wednesday night, authorities said.
Two teenage boys, aged 13 and 14 years old, have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl, police in Clayton County, Ga., said Thursday.
The girl’s mother identified the victim as Sakhya Monea Bentley, who goes to the seventh grade, later this year, Atlanta’s Fox 5 reported.
“She was definitely one of a kind. … My daughter will never graduate from high school,” the mother, Nyeisha Brown, said outside her home Thursday, the station reported.
“She was definitely one of a kind. … My daughter will never graduate high school.”
– Nyeisha Brown, mother of slain 12-year-old Sakhya Monea Bentley
Brown said her daughter had some friends over to the house Wednesday night, while Brown was not at home, but the mother later returned and asked some of them to leave. The gunfire erupted when the friends returned, the mother told Fox 5.
Mother identifies her 12-year-old shot and killed as Sakhya Monae Bentley. @ClaytonCountyPD believe that it was an accident @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/FvcEPcDe7n
— Jaclyn Schultz FOX 5 (@jaclynFOX5ATL) 7 June 2018
Emergency responders found the girl unresponsive when they arrived at the house. They tried to revive her, but were not successful. She died in a hospital, Fox 5 reported.
Researchers believe that the shooting was accidental, the station reported, but they were looking to determine who is the owner of the gun.
The teen suspects are facing the charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, and possession of a weapon by a minor, the station reported.
The girl of the family has a GoFundMe account to help pay for a funeral.