14-year-old hit, killed by stray bullet was 8 months pregnant, family says

A 14-year-old girl was killed Monday night when a bullet tore through the ceiling of a southwest Atlanta apartment, police said.

The teen was shot in the head at the Pavilion Place Apartments in the 500 block of Cleveland Avenue about 6:30 p.m., Atlanta police said. She was identified by family as Sonja Star Harrison of Atlanta.

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Police found her dead at the scene. Her siblings told Channel 2 Action News that Harrison was eight months pregnant. The baby also died, the news station reported. 

Sonja Star Harrison, 14, was eight months pregnant when a stray bullet tore through the ceiling of a southwest Atlanta apartment and hit her in the head. She and her baby were killed. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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Police think the shot was fired from an upstairs apartment. 

“Investigators are working to determine if the shooting was accidental and at this time there has been no arrest made,” police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said in a statement. 

In the last three years, there have been at least two other violent deaths at Pavilion Place. Tiffany Louise Bailey, a 24-year-old mother of three, was shot and killed there in November 2015. Her boyfriend, Deunta Grier, confessed to the crime and surrendered at Bailey’s funeral. He was sentenced to life in prison.  

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Kejuan Mason, 3, was found beaten to death at the apartment complex in October 2017. Sisters Lashirley and Glenndria Morris were indicted earlier this year on felony murder charges in connection with Kejuan’s death. Prosecutors allege Lashirley Morris used a bat to beat Kejuan repeatedly in the head, stomach, legs and arms, while legal guardian Glenndria Morris spanked him after he sneaked and ate a cupcake, Fulton district attorney spokesman Dexter Bond said at the time of the indictment. 

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And this past May, police shot 17-year-old Jamal Baker in the leg after he got out of a stolen vehicle vehicle they were pursuing and fired at an officer, according to authorities.

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We’re working to learn more about the latest incident.

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