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Georgia Teens Shot Dead Behind a Publix Supermarket in Double Homicide, Suspect Arrested

Police arrested a suspect in connection with the murders of a teen boy and girl who were found dead behind a supermarket in Roswell, Georgia. 

Jeffrey Hazelwood allegedly shot Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis on Monday, August 1, in a Publix parking lot. The victims — both 17 — who were discovered by a delivery driver at around 6 a.m., suffered severe head trauma, according to Roswell police. Authorities say that Henderson and Davis arrived at the shopping center between 2 and 4 a.m. Their parents told officers they thought their children were still at home in bed, according to WSB-TV.

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Two days later, Hazelwood, 20, was charged with two counts of murder. 

Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson
Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson.

While police say they are not releasing any information on a possible motive, they believe he acted alone, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said cellphone records and messaging apps played a key role in identifying the suspect, according to the Journal-Constitution. 

Davis was set to begin his senior year at River Ridge High School, where he played lacrosse and football. “We are all devastated by this tragic news,” Barbara Jacoby, a spokesperson for Cherokee County School District, said in a statement. “Carter was an energetic student who was known as a friend to all. He always came to class in a good mood and with a smile on his face. He excelled in the classroom and was always willing to help out classmates.”

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Natalie Henderson Carter Davis Jeffrey A Hazelwood
Jeffrey A. Hazelwood

Henderson, also a soon-to-be senior, was an honor-roll student at Roswell High School and a member of the award-winning Color Guard. Her obituary described her as a “smart, funny, sassy and strong” woman who sang, played guitar and volunteered “countless hours” to animal rescue. 

It is not clear if Davis and Henderson were in a romantic relationship. 

Hazelwood lived in Roswell with his grandparents, according to WSB-TV. He previously worked at a local Michael’s arts-and-crafts store.

On Tuesday, August 2, just one day before his arrest, Hazelwood shared a photo on social media of himself standing by a pool. “Swimming is one thing that holds me down,” he wrote. “The water is home. If I could breathe water instead of air I would pass beneath the waves to live.”