A 20-year-old Atlanta man was arrested and charged in the death of a 14-year-old girl, who was eight months pregnant.
On Thanksgiving, Souleymane Diallo was taken to the Fulton County Jail for allegedly killing Sonja Star Harrison and her unborn child, after a bullet pierced the ceiling of the apartment, striking her in the head, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was babysitting her young nephews when the incident occurred.
Besides murder and feticide, Diallo was charged with reckless conduct and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, the report said.
Diallo has a jail record in Fulton County that dates back to 2015, where he was charged with crimes that included shoplifting, cruelty to children, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, public indecency, possession of controlled substances, willful obstruction of law enforcement and probation violations, according to AJC.
He was released from jail on Oct. 18, after he was arrested on a shoplifting charge.
The deceased girl’s mother told AJC that her daughter was well-loved, “sweet, bright and helpful” and “a people person.” The teen hoped to go into the Army after high school, her mom said.
“She wanted to have a better future for her and her baby,” the mother, Sonja Denise Harrison, told the newspaper. “Only thing I can tell you about my child is that she will be totally missed. She will be so much missed just like that bundle of joy she was carrying.”
The teen’s due date was just before New Year’s Day.
The family will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Pavilion Place Apartments on Cleveland Avenue, the location of the shooting.
Police are also investigating a second shooting that occurred a few hours later at the same apartment complex. They responded to a call reporting a suspected suicide and found a woman dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
The two shooting deaths are not expected to be linked.