Shannon Griffin moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., about a year ago from Petal, Miss. He took a job at a Walmart Supercenter. He got his GED. He enrolled in college classes.
When the 22-year-old was lured from his house Saturday night by Jennifer Mee, 19, the woman he met online and to the world was known as the “Hiccup Girl,” he had less than $60 in his wallet.
As Mee, along with two men, faces first-degree murder charges for the slaying of Griffin, 22, police say she was a co-conspirator in this robbery gone wayside, reports the St. Petersburg Times. Griffin suffered four gunshot wounds – but police do not know who pulled the trigger.
Mee and the two men involved, Lamont Newton, 22, and Laron Raiford, 20, are being held without bail, and Mee admitted to luring Griffin to an empty home to rob him, police say.
Diagnosed with Tourette’s
It’s an image difficult to associate with the 15-year-old who made multiple visits to NBC’s Today in 2007, searching for remedies to cure her six-week hiccups marathon. This is the same girl who couldn’t go to school because she was hiccupping up to 50 times a minute.
But according to police reports, a lot has happened since Mee was “Hiccup Girl.” In 2008, she was placed in a psychiatric hospital, and earlier this year, she went missing for a day. Mee was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, according to police reports.
According to police, Mee is no longer suffering from the hiccups, reports ABC News. She has a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.