Crime

Atlanta Teen Reportedly Stabbed And Killed By Relative

| by Daniel Rivera
Abbey Hebert.Abbey Hebert.

A Georgia teen was allegedly stabbed to death in front of her home by a relative.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Abbey Hebert, 17, was found dead in her front yard early on Nov.14.

Abbey was a senior at Cobb County's Allatoona High School and planned to become a nurse. When she was not going to school, she was either at the beach, attending mission trips with her church or playing softball.

Police believe 18-year-old Olivia Smith, who Abbey's father Steve Hebert said was his daughter's step-cousin, was responsible for Abbey's death.

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“Due to this case being active, detectives will not release motive or much more info at this point,” Cobb County police Officer Alicia Chilton said in an email.

Smith was taken into custody and charged with felony murder. She is being held at Cobb County jail, where she was not given bail. 

Steve Hebert, a former police officer, did not comment on the details detectives have told him of the case.

“It was a senseless act, I’ll tell you that, from what I know,” he said.

A candlelight vigil was held for Abbey later that night at Allatoona High School's football stadium.

Savanna Mitchell, longtime friend of Abbey's since first grade, was still overwhelmed with grief the day after the vigil.

“We were two peas in a pod and you never saw us separated,” Mitchell wrote in a text. 

“She wasn’t just my best friend, she was my sister, and she will be missed dearly and loved for eternity.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the second leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CDC / Photo credit: WSBTV 2 screenshot