A Clayton County teenager is still being held inside Clayton County jail Tuesday after what investigators believe was an accidental shooting in Jonesboro over the weekend.
Brandon Henry Williams, a 17-year-old Jonesboro resident, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, possession of a handgun by a person under 18, obstruction and criminal trespassing for the death of V’ondra Olivaria. He was being held without bond Monday night.
Olivaria’s mother, Yolanda Rincon, said she heard a single gunshot a little after Williams came to her home Monday night with 20-year-old Justin Vitto. The two were in a room with 16-year-old Olivaria and her sister, and Williams reportedly ran out of the room holding a gun with a look of panic on his face.
“My baby was in her room thinking she was safe from the harmful stuff outside,” Rincon told the AJC. “But the devil let loose in this house.”
A few hours later Rincon said a police officer told her that her daughter had died.
Sunday night Williams was arrested Officer Charlene Watson-Fraser with Clayton County police said. It was not known if Vitto would also face charges.
Many of Olivaria’s classmates learned of her death Monday, and North Clayton Principal Derrick Dalton informed parents in a letter.
“We are profoundly saddened by her death,” Dalton wrote.
Grief counselors were at the school Monday, Dalton said.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized for V’ondra. Her mother hopes to raise enough money to bury her daughter in Maryland, the family’s home state.