This will break your heart.

A young, vibrant scholar, Lyniah Bell, who grew up in Chicago and was awarded an honor scholarship at Michigan State University, was home on winter break when she was shot and killed.

While at MSU, Bell was a Phoenix Pact scholar, a National Honor Society inductee, and a participant of the theater club. Bell was planning to major in business and journalism and had looked forward to traveling after graduation.

According to her family, Bell was spending the evening at a friend’s apartment on the South Side of Chicago neighborhood when the incident went down. The friend in question was allegedly her boyfriend, who has turned himself in claiming that it was an accident and didn’t intentionally fire his weapon.

Lafayette Hodges is now facing a felony count of involuntary manslaughter. Bell’s parents are still looking for answers to this unnecessary incident.

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Lafayette Hodges, 18, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Chicago police said. Bell was fatally shot inside an apartment in the 8100-block of South Maryland Avenue in Chatham Friday night. Bell’s family said she was home for winter break.

Police said Hodges turned himself in Saturday morning. Police told ABC7 Hodges didn’t intentionally fire his weapon. He is scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.

Bell’s mother, Evelyn Hightower, alleges that her daughter was shot in the head by her boyfriend. Bell’s family said her teenage boyfriend beat her up and then pulled out a gun. A neighbor called 911 after they heard the gun shot.

“It is a shock to me that it was Lyniah and that he killed my baby probably over nothing,” said Hightower. Bell was on a full-ride academic scholarship at Michigan State, studying journalism. [ABC7Chicago]

Please pray for the family of this young scholar, and hopefully, justice will reign down on this young man who is looking to get out of the hurt he has caused others.


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