Mom and son deaths shock community

Mom and son deaths shock community
Lasheria Edwards (WALB image)
Lasheria Edwards (WALB image)
Bria Edwards (WALB image)
Bria Edwards (WALB image)

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Neighbors say there are still many questions left unanswered after officials found a mother and her child dead inside their Leesburg apartment.
GBI officials identified the woman as 24-year-old Sarah Alling and her 7-year-old son Jabari.

Investigators were out at the housing authority complex in Leesburg again today.
Lasheria Edwards says she's still in disbelief that this tragedy happened two doors down from her apartment.

"It won't be the same.  I'm going to miss his smile.  Just a cheery little fellow," said Lasheria Edwards.

Wednesday afternoon, Lasheria and her daughter Bria knew something was wrong when Leesburg police and the GBI came to this complex on Kinchafoonee Drive.

"The first thing that came to my mind, 'Oh Lord, I hope nobody is dead.'"

But five minutes later, after the police arrived, apparently both of them were found dead in the house.

Officials said Alling's sister stopped by to do a welfare check around 3:40 Wednesday afternoon.  She found Sarah Alling and her son Jabari, dead from apparent gun shot wounds.

Neighbors say Sarah was quiet and polite, and Jabari was always friendly. "He'd be like, 'Hi, neighbor!' He'd just smile.  A happy, little child," said Bria Edwards.

Jabari was a first grader at Kinchafoonee Primary school.  Lee county board of education superintendent Dr. Jason Miller says it's been a challenging day for staff and Jabari's classmates.

"All my prayers go out to the family and all the classmates of that young boy.  It's just sad.   They're going to be well missed. They're going to be missed. And they always will be in my heart," said Edwards.

Dr. Miller says they are providing counselors for Jabari's classmates. Officials are continuing to investigate their deaths and are awaiting autopsy results.

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