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Police say two teens are suspects in shooting death of 14-year-old Canton girl

Posted at 1:11 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 13:04:21-04

CANTON, Ohio — Two boys, ages 13 and 14, are suspects in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in Canton on Saturday morning, according to Canton police.

Sylvia McGhee, 14, was found near 11th Street SW and Bieyl Court SW, not far from her mother's home, around 4 a.m., police said. Sylvia was found shot in the back of the head and was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:01 a.m., according to the Stark County Coroner.

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"She didn't even have a chance," said Sylvia Milina, a grieving grandmother who shared her first name with the shooting victim. "She didn't have a chance."

The teen's family is convinced Sylvia was lured out of the home, possibly by a text or a social media message, before she was killed.

"It was like it was a set up to me because she's never been out at that time," Milina said.

Captain Dave Davis said detectives are now focusing on two teenage suspects who were both questioned, and knew Sylvia.

The 13-year-old boy has been charged with obstruction official business for lying to police and is currently in custody, police said.

"He lied to officers. He gave false information during his interview," Davis said.

The 14-year-old boy has not been charged and is not in custody, but police said he and the other teen are suspects in McGhee’s death.

Charges will likely not come Monday as Canton police are still reviewing cell phones for more evidence.

"At this point, we have given all of our information to the Stark County Prosecutor's Office and they are contemplating charges at this time," Davis said.

The Canton City School District released the following statement:

The Canton City School District would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our student Sylvia McGee. Sylvia was in the eighth grade at our Compton Learning Center’s Connections Program. We will have our counselors available there on Monday and at the STEAMM Academy @ Hartford, where she previously attended and had many friends. District support will be available for those who are struggling with grief for as long as they are needed following this tragedy. We ask that you keep Sylvia’s loved ones, classmates, and our district in your thoughts as we mourn her loss.

Counselors were on hand Monday at Compton Learning Center, where Sylvia was an 8th-grader in the Connections program.

The incident is currently under investigation, according to police.

Sylvia's family has created a memorial fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses on Facebook.

The family has also set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral and burial expenses here.

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