Wife of DeKalb man killed in home invasion jailed on drug charges

Gracie Beavers
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Gracie Beavers

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

A man was shot and killed during a drug-related home invasion early Sunday in north DeKalb County, police said.

Teddy Mierzwa, 41, was shot at his home in the 1300 block of McLendon Drive, authorities said in a news release. He died while on the way to a nearby hospital.

When officers arrived about 2:10 a.m., they found “large quantities of illegal narcotics.” Investigators consider the shooting to be the result of a drug-related robbery, police said.

“These crimes are not believed to be random criminal acts, but appear to be targeted crimes,” officials said in the release.

Mierzwa’s wife, Gracie Beavers, 35, was arrested on a charge of trafficking marijuana. She remains jailed Wednesday, according to DeKalb County records.

GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses and to support Beavers, who campaign organizers said was injured during the home invasion. She is being treated and likely will not be released from custody to attend her husband's funeral, organizers said.

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Teddy Mierzwa is shown in a photo with his wife, Gracie Beavers. (Family photo)

Teddy Mierzwa is shown in a photo with his wife, Gracie Beavers. (Family photo)
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Teddy Mierzwa is shown in a photo with his wife, Gracie Beavers. (Family photo)

Beavers and Mierzwa operated a gardening business out of their home and cared for several rescue animals. The funds raised are also expected to go toward pet care.

The campaign had raised more than $9,500 of its $25,000 goal Wednesday.

An investigation into Mierzwa’s death is ongoing.

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