$25K Bounty for Justice, Hunt Intensifies for Stray Bullet Slayer of Georgia Student Brianna Long

$25K Bounty for Justice, Hunt Intensifies for Stray Bullet Slayer of Georgia Student Brianna LongSource: Georgia Bureau of Investigation Official Website
Rohit Mehta
Published on December 09, 2023

A $25,000 reward has been set for information leading to the killing of 21-year-old Brianna Long, a Valdosta State University student fatally shot by a stray bullet, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working with local authorities to solve the case that has thus far left the community and Long's family seeking answers.

Long's life ended in a sudden and violent instance on October 29 as gunfire erupted outside The Pier bar in Remerton, where she was working her shift, according to WSB-TV. Long was caught in the crosshairs, an innocent bystander whose future was snuffed out by a bullet not meant for her but the fight it originated from still remains shrouded in mystery and lawlessness.

Officials have pinpointed three men, seen near the scene at Baytree Place shopping plaza, who are desired for questioning, though none have been declared official persons of interest, FOX 5 Atlanta reported. The substantial reward money was donated by a concerned citizen and disclosed by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office in hopes it will unlock new leads in the case.

Remembered by her mother, Brandi Spinks, as "our world", Long had aspirations like any young soul—she was a cheerleader, Miss Paulding County, an honors student, and was on track to receive her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, now awarded posthumously by Valdosta State University that stated, "Our hearts are broken over the senseless loss of Brianna Long" in a sentiment that finds echo in the corridors of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, her final clinical site. A GoFundMe has also been organized to offer some solace to Long's grieving family.

The authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward and contact the GBI Thomasville Office at 229-225-4090 or Remerton Police at 229-247-2320; anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or online, in what has become not just a quest for justice but a desperate plead for closure in a case that has torn asunder the fabric of a community and a family's heart.