Tifton mother shares details on the death of her 15-year-old daughter

Tifton mother shares details on the death of her 15-year-old daughter

TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - A Tifton mother continues to grieve her 15-year-old daughter’s death in November.

Sabrina Carter, Autumn Connell’s mother, said her daughter was shot in her head, near the temple.

It’s been almost two months and Sabrina is still shocked and in a state of disbelief.

“I take it minute by minute,” said Sabrina. “I was actually with her approximately 30-38 minutes before the shot was fired. She had a really big light around her. She brought a lot of love to a lot of people. So, she’s gonna be missed. We were very close and it’s been hard on all of us, just being here without her. Trying to learn that new normal.”

Sabrina Carter
Sabrina Carter (Source: WALB)

The shooting happened in the 1000 block of Lee Avenue.

The scene of the shooting in the 1000 block of Lee Avenue.
The scene of the shooting in the 1000 block of Lee Avenue. (Source: WALB)

Autumn was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to a Gainesville, Fla. hospital where she later died.

Sabrina said the family didn’t live in the area but Autumn was there visiting a friend and it seemed like a nice neighborhood.

“We knew the house itself and the people so, to hear what had happened was, I still don’t believe it,” said Sabrina.

Sabrina said she still doesn’t know how to feel about the three people indicted in the case, which includes a 14-year-old.

“If it was his bullet and it was what took Autumn’s life, I hate to see that bullet, in turn, take the rest of his life from him,” said Sabrina.

Jacorian Jones, Chad Jones and a 14-year-old were all indicted on one count of felony murder and several counts of aggravated assault in connection to the death of Autumn.

District Attorney Bryce Johnson said Wednesday that the three are scheduled for arraignment this Friday.

Chad and Jacorian remain in the Tift County Jail while the 14-year-old is in a separate facility because of his age.

Sabrina said Autumn didn’t really know the three people indicted and has no clue what led up to her daughter’s death.

“And I think that’s the hardest part is to be kept in the dark. I just wish that I could understand why it happened or know what people’s intentions were and why it had to be her,” said Sabrina.

Until and if those questions are answered, Sabrina continues to look back on what she misses the most about her oldest child.

“Her laugh and her smile, her dancing, her spirit. Like I say, I’m just trying to learn how to live without her,” said Sabrina.

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