They carried signs and pictures, chanted and marched Friday afternoon in front of the Carroll County courthouse. More than 60 family members, classmates and even strangers demanded one thing: Justice in the deaths of two teenagers.
Two days after a grand jury declined to indict a former state trooper who was driving 91 mph seconds before crashing into a car of teenagers, those closest to the girls killed gathered for more than two hours Friday. Many in the group expressed shock and anger that Anthony Scott, later fired from his job as a trooper, avoided criminal charges.
Images of Kylie Hope Lindsey, 17, and Isabella Alise Chinchilla, 16, both students at South Paulding High School, were on T-shirts and poster boards. Two brothers carried a 6-foot tall pink cross with black metal letters nailed on spelling Kylie and Bella.
Mayris Tatum’s pink shirt read #LL4B, for live life for Bella. Tatum’s son was Bella’s uncle. But to Tatum, it was like losing her own granddaughter.
“We loved her so much, we called her our baby girl,” Tatum said outside the courthouse.
Kylie and Bella were close friends and in the backseat the night the Nissan Sentra they were riding in was involved in a crash on U.S. 27. Two others — Dillon Lewis Wall, 18, who was driving the Nissan, and Benjamin Alan Finken, 17, both of Douglasville — were also injured in the crash.
District Attorney Pete Skandalakis said Thursday that grand jurors believed Wall had failed to yield in the crash, and that both drivers involved were at fault.
“If we were going 91, would we not get a ticket?” Tatum said. “Justice should be for everyone, not just pick and choose.”
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