A 21-year-old College Park woman is facing murder charges after allegedly fatally shooting her 25-year-old friend over $5, say police

By KC Baker
September 10, 2020 06:16 PM
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A 21-year-old Georgia woman is facing murder charges after allegedly shooting a "close friend" during an argument over $5, say police.

On Tuesday, just before midnight, De'Ja Pierre-Ames and Demario Wilson were at 2301 Godby Road in College Park when they began arguing, the College Park Police Department says in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

During the argument, Pierre-Ames allegedly shot and killed Wilson, the statement says.

"Detectives have determined a verbal altercation over $5 took place prior to the shooting between the decedent and his close friend, De'Ja Pierre-Ames," the statement says.

Upon arrival, officers found Wilson suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Investigator.

On Thursday, Pierre-Ames turned herself in to police, according to the statement.

She is charged with murder, local station WSB-TV reports.

College Park Police Chief Ferman Wiliford expressed his shock over the senselessness of the shooting.

“We have one life lost and another life now ruined and shattered,” Williford told WSB-TV.

Pierre-Ames is being held in the Fulton County jail.

She has not yet entered a plea. It is unclear whether she has retained an attorney who can speak on her behalf.

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As Pierre-Ames awaits her next court date, Wilson’s family is reeling from his untimely death – especially after so many other young people have lost their lives because of gun violence.

“This is very senseless,” Wilson’s mother, Monica Wilson, told WSB-TV. “I would have never thought in my wildest dreams it would happen to me next.”

A GoFundMe page set up to help the family pay funeral costs says Wilson was the oldest of 7 children and that his parents and relatives are “overwhelmed" with grief.

“He was loved by many and a beautiful light to everyone he came in contact with,” it says. “There is no greater loss than the loss of a child.”

Wilson's mother said she hopes people learn to work out their differences without turning to guns.

“It’s gonna take more men to be involved with the young generation,” Wilson told WSB-TV. “I’m not supposed to bury my kids. No one should bury their child.”