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Investigation continues into Friday shooting deaths
Detectives not referring to incident as murder/suicide
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Although autopsies are completed, Statesboro police are not releasing details regarding the deaths of a young man and teenage girl who were found in a Statesboro apartment Friday night.

Statesboro police Lt. James Winskey said on Monday that autopsies on the bodies of Jade Braddy, 17, a Metter High School student, and Ethan Alexander, 20, a Georgia Southern University student, were completed Monday.

The two were found dead in a Connections apartment Friday around 9:40 p.m., having each sustained a single gunshot wound.

Braddy was pronounced dead at the scene, while Alexander was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for treatment and later rushed to Memorial University Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to a release by Statesboro police Lt. Kaleb Moore.

While police detectives said there is no evidence of anyone else having been in the apartment, Winskey said on Monday that they are not referring to the incident as a murder/suicide but simply "a death investigation," as detectives are still working to discover what actually happened.

"It is still an early investigation," he said.

On its Facebook page, Metter High School posted, "MHS faculty and staff extend our deepest sympathies to the Braddy family. Jade was a bright, shining star, full of love and compassion. She will surely be remembered and missed."

The school hosted a candlelight vigil in her memory on Sunday.

GSU spokesperson Jennifer Wise said Alexander was a sophomore at the university, studying logistics and intermodal transportation.

A friend of Alexander posted on his Facebook page: "I'm still lost for words. I don't think I can accept the fact that you('re) gone. ... My heart so heavy man and it's like can't do nothing but cry when I think about you. And I know that ain't how you would want it. I love you man and I miss you everyday. My Brother Forever."

Moore said, "The incident is believed to be contained within the apartment, and no other suspects are believed to be at large."

Detective Tommy Brown is leading the investigation.



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