A 17-YEAR-old girl was fatally shot in a fast-food restaurant’s parking lot over the weekend.
Veronica Lee Baker was shot in a car in Garner, North Carolina on Saturday night and her alleged killer was taken into custody on Wednesday.
Who was Veronica Baker?
Veronica Lee Baker was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on Saturday, August 15.
The 17-year-old girl was a graduate of Garner High School.
Baker’s father said his daughter was set to start online sociology classes at Wake Technical Community College in the fall.
What happened to her?
Baker was shot dead inside her still-running car in a Bojangles parking lot in Garner, North Carolina.
Reports say police were called a Bojangles fast-food restaurant near Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday night on reports of an unresponsive victim in the parking lot.
The teen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
What did the 911 call reveal?
On Monday, police released a 911 call where a man can be heard saying he sees a girl in a running car and she does not appear to be breathing.
“There’s a car with the doors wide open and there’s a girl who is unresponsive,” the caller said.
“It doesn’t look like there’s breathing.”
The caller said he tried to shake the girl, but she was unresponsive.
Have her killers been arrested?
Less than a week after the shooting, cops say her killer is in custody.
On Wednesday, police charged 17-year-old Devin Cordell Jones with murder.
Despite him being the only person believed responsible for Baker’s death, three others have been arrested.
Police said Keyshara Michelle Deans, 19, Nezyiha Zamir Collins, 19, and Tyreek Qumay Rogers, 18, helped Jones flee the scene.
All three teens were charged with felony accessory to murder.
Deans is alleged to have driven Jones away from the scene, court records state, while Collins and Rogers are accused of fleeing the state with Jones after the murder.
A judge granted the prosecutor’s request for no-contact orders between the three accomplices during their arraignment Tuesday.
Collins and Rogers were held on $500,000 bail – while Deans, accused of other unrelated charges, had a bail of $1,015,000.
She asked the judge to reduce her bail so she could be home with her son, but the judge refused after the prosecutor argued it was too early to request a reduction.
An arrest warrant issued for Deans on August 4 accuses her of conspiring with Jones and another minor to commit financial card fraud.
What did her dad say about her tragic death?
“I love you too, baby,” Jim Baker remembered telling his daughter during their last chat.
Veronica’s parents also say she knew her killer and the two went to school together.
“She just wanted to help people,” he said of his daughter who loved camping and helping friends.
On Saturday night after his daughter’s murder, Baker and his wife Laura awoke to find a detective at their door saying they found a car registered to Laura Baker.
“Please, not Veronica,” Baker recalled his wife saying.
When the detective asked if their daughter had a 2002 tattoo – the year she was born – Laura Baker said “my baby, my baby, my baby.”
Just hours earlier, Laura had texted her daughter “come home,” to which Veronica replied, “I am.”
A tracking app helped the Bakers know their daughter’s location.
But when she didn’t return from Bojangles, they figured she was still hanging out with friends.
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