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Ex-boyfriend charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old student at Kennesaw State University

May 22, 2024
Alasia Franklin was shot to death over the weekend in front of a residential complex on the Kennesaw State campus.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a student at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Samuel Harris, 21, fled campus after he allegedly shot Alasia Franklin, 21, with a handgun in front of the Austin Residence Complex at Kennesaw State.

Harris, who is not a student, faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, officials said. Police have not disclosed a motive in the shooting.

Franklin's mother, Alinda Henderson-Fortner, said Harris was her daughter's former boyfriend.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the victim’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time,” Kennesaw State President Kathy Schwaig said in a statement.


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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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