On Sunday (May 28), Atlanta police responded to reports of a shooting near Benjamin E. Mays High School. Officers found two minors, 16-year-old Bre'asia Powell and a 16-year-old boy, with gunshot wounds.
The 16-year-old boy survived the shooting and was in stable condition as of Sunday. Powell died after being transported to the hospital.
“This young lady was full of life,” Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Sunday, adding that Powell was planning to work under the city's youth employment program during the summer. “We’re always heartbroken when anyone loses their life in our city, but especially when it’s a young person the day after school lets out."
According to police, teenagers from around the city gathered near the high school for an unauthorized party. It's unclear what led up to the shooting, but police said they believe the shooter(s) were also high school-aged.
Davida Huntley, a friend of Powell's family, described the teenager as a "scholar."
“She was her mother’s first-born daughter, her mother’s princess of the castle. She was a scholar,” Huntley said.