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Vigil held for dead teen, a victim of gun violence

Vigil held for dead teen, a victim of gun violence

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People gathered on the east side to remember Shevona N. Whitehead on what would have been her 18th birthday before she was killed this week from a gun shot to her chest. “Y’all our future,” her mother, Danielle Whitehead said, according to the Dispatch. “You’re killing yourself and killing each other. It makes no sense.” Friends, well wishers, supporters and family gathered for the candlelit vigil for the teen. The crowd also released balloons in honor of her birthday.

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Previously July 23, 2014
15yo boy arrested for murder of teen girl

Police arrested 15-year-old Tayon Dunson late Tuesday night after searching for him for the murder of 17-year-old Shevona N. Whitehead. Police said the boy admitted to being involved with the girl’s murder. According to ABC6, police have said Dunson is suspected for shooting the girl in the chest Monday. According to the report, a mother of a different teen who had also been at the house in southeast Columbus informed the station her son told her it wasn’t on purpose. “They were like play fighting over it (the gun). She took it from him and he was trying to get it back from her and it accidentally went off,” Latanya Richardson told ABC6.

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Update: July 22, 2014
Teen girl shot and killed in SE Columbus

Police have released the mug shot of Tayon Dunson, the 15-year-old suspected to be responsible for the murder of Shevona N. Whitehead. He has been charged with delinquency count of murder and authorities are actively searching for him.


July 22, 2014

Police arrived at a southeast Columbus home Monday, responding to a shooting report and found a 17-year-old girl with a fatal gunshot wound to her upper body. Shevona N. Whitehead, the girl, was taken to Grant Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. According to witnesses around the area there were other people in the house and at least two men left the building right after the shooting. Police do have a person of interest but no other information is known.

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