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Published on June 21, 2024
Sylvester Teen Kortezz Thomas Sought by GBI in Connection with Fatal Shooting of Ke’aisa YoungSource: Google Street View

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is actively searching for Kortezz Thomas, a 14-year-old resident of Sylvester, Georgia, who is connected to the tragic death of 16-year-old Ke’aisa Young; arrest warrants have been issued yet Thomas remains at large, according to details from a GBI press release.

Responding to a call on June 15, Sylvester Police officers discovered Young with a gunshot wound in the late evening around 11:15 p.m. on the 200 block of Shipp Lane, Young was amid friends when the incident that culminated in her injury happened, and now the GBI, called in by local authorities on the same date, is handling the ongoing investigation of her death, the gravity of which is underscored by the youthful ages of both the victim and her alleged assailant.

With the aim of establishing the circumstances around Young's passing, her body has been transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy, while the regional investigative office urges anyone with potentially pertinent information to step forward and assist by reaching out via their hotline at 229-777-2080 or the Sylvester Police Department at 229-776-8501; options for anonymous tips include a dedicated line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online submissions at the GBI's official website, or through the "See Something, Send Something" mobile app..