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Family returns to fire-bombed house

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Family members returned to the scene a fatal fire in Lakeland for the first time Friday. GBI agents are still trying to figure out who set the fire that killed 12-year-old LaQuinta Bowens Wednesday.

As they sorted through the rubble that was once their home on Davis Avenue, the family wondered why someone had set the fire that claimed the life of their beloved girl, LaQuinta Bowens.

LaQuinta's classmates at Lanier County Middle School are still in shock. "She was quiet. She was a happy young lady, and very well loved by her classmates."

After an intentionally set fire claimed the young girl's life, the community is grieving.

"As students have gotten upset or needed grief counseling, there have been counselors available for them."

Investigators found evidence suggesting home-made bombs were utilized. Now, the Lakeland Police have called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

"We can a lot of times provide a lot more man power. And we can provide a lot more expertise and bring in additional resources."

The GBI's manpower is evident. Seven of the nine agents from their office in Douglas are working on the case.

"They've been assisted by ATF agents who brought along an arson-trained K-9 unit to help them search for clues."

The GBI is asking neighbors to help solve this terrible crime. "We definitely need the community's help and involvement to provide us with information. We know there's information out there, and we're continually seeking it."

Anyone with information is encouraged to step forward and bring justice to the memory of that quiet, happy girl.

If you have any information that could help investigators call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 912-389-4103.

You can remain anonymous.

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