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Arrest made in death of teen discovered in Georgia cemetery
By Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Madison Grey for (CNT) City News and Talk #atlanta-ga https://atlantanewsandtalk.com
Authorities have arrested a 22-year-old in connection with the death of a metro Atlanta teenager whose body was discovered Sunday in a Lamar County cemetery.
Jaylan Jashad Ray of Albany was captured in Tallahassee, Florida, with the help of sheriff’s investigators, the U.S. Marshals Service and the GBI, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Ray is charged with murder and aggravated assault in the killing of D’Shaunti Kyanni Hunter, a 17-year-old from Ellenwood.
Deputies were called to the cemetery about 2:30 p.m. Sunday after Hunter’s body was spotted in the cemetery across from Unionville Church on Highfalls Park Road, which leads to the entrance to High Falls State Park. A family who was visiting their mother’s grave spotted Hunter’s body near the back of the cemetery.
Investigators said she had been shot at least once, but’s it’s unclear what prompted the fatal shooting.
Ray is being held in the Leon County, Florida, jail and is awaiting extradition to Georgia to face charges in the teen’s death.
No additional details have been released.