On February 21st, a Peachtree, Georgia woman was getting ready for work when she noticed the light in her daughter’s room was on earlier than usual. When she made her way into the bedroom, despite it being locked, she noticed that a window was open and that the blinds were “a mess.” According to the New York Post, she then discovered her 15-year-old, Madison Gesswein, in her bed “bleeding from her head.”
While on the phone with dispatch, the panicked mother begins to perform CPR, telling them that “there’s a lot of blood” and that she “can’t get any response from her.” First responders arrive to the apartment complex less than five minutes later, and sadly pronounced Madison dead at the scene.
“A final cause of death is pending determination by the medical examiner, but an injury to Madison’s head appears consistent with a gunshot wound,” police said.
The following day, authorities arrested three 18-year-olds in connection to the murder. All three were described as “acquaintances of the victim.” Justus Smith, Jacobean Brown, and Yeshua Mathis, all from Fayetteville, were each charged with murder. A potential motive for the crime has not been revealed.
“This was not a random act,” explained Assistant Police Chief Matt Myers. “They knew whose apartment they were at, and it was in some way related to matters between these individuals.”