Three 18-year-old men were charged with the murder of a 15-year-old Georgia girl, who they reportedly knew and who was discovered by her mom lying in bed with an apparent gunshot to the head.
Early on Tuesday, the mother of Madison Gesswein called 911 after discovering that her daughter was “bleeding from the head” in their apartment at The Greens at Braelinn in Peachtree City, 11Alive reported.
The mother said that when she entered her daughter’s bedroom, the window was open and the blinds were “a mess.” She then told the dispatcher that she “can’t get any response from her” but that “there’s a lot of blood” on the bed and that her son was asleep in his room.
The dispatcher instructed the mother on how to administer CPR to her daughter and counted the beats until first responders arrived nearly five minutes later.
Just a day later, on Wednesday, police arrested three 18-year-old suspects in connection to the apparent murder, describing all three as “acquaintances” of Gesswein.
Justus Smith, Jacobean Brown and Yeshua Mathis, all of Fayetteville, Georgia, were each charged with murder, Peachtree City police said in a statement.
“A final cause of death is pending determination by the medical examiner, but an injury to Madison’s head appears consistent with a gunshot wound,” police said. A motive has yet to be determined.
“This was not a random act,” Assistant Police Chief Matt Myers told Fox 5 Atlanta. “They knew whose apartment they were at, and it was in some way related to matters between these individuals.”
Jada Zimbabwe, a friend of Gesswein, remembered the young girl as “just really sweet,” telling the news outlet that “everyone I know liked her” and adding, “It’s just so scary knowing someone so close was murdered, so brutally.”
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