Jessica Daniels

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Still awaiting an arrest, family plans funeral for teen killed as she slept

A Southwest Atlanta family is anxiously awaiting the arrest of the person who fired a bullet through a bedroom window, killing 18-year-old Jessica Daniels as she slept. But while police continue the investigation, the family will hold the teen’s funeral. 

The funeral for Daniels, who died Oct. 3, will be Saturday at noon at Central Holiness Church, located on Washington Street in Atlanta. Interment will follow at South View Cemetery. On Friday, visitation was being at held at Gus Thornhill's Funeral Home in East Point until 7 p.m. 

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After graduating from South Atlanta High School in May, Daniels was planning to work until starting college next year, her family said. She wanted to become a dermatologist and run her own business. 

Last week, the sound of gunshots outside woke Daniels’ family before 6 a.m. The family then heard the teen’s screams. She had been shot in her bed. Daniels died from her injuries. 

Jessica Daniels' mother mourns the loss of her daughter, who was killed when a stray bullet flew into her home while she was sleeping.
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The following day, family and friends filled the small brick home, sharing hugs, wiping tears and remembering the outgoing teenager, the oldest of four girls. Sanmarian McClain clutched her daughter’s high school diploma, thinking of happier times.

“Thank you, baby girl,” McClain said. “How do I go on without thinking about her?”

A Go Fund Me fundraising page has been created to assist the family with funeral costs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting 274637 or logging onto atlantapolicefoundation.org/programs/crime-stoppers. The reward for providing information that leads to an arrest and indictment is $10,000. 

An 18-year old is dead after a stray bullet from a shooting flew into her southwest Atlanta home and hit her while she was sleeping.

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