Crime

Teen And Fiance Dead In Fiery Crash After Abduction

| by Brendan Kelly

A 16-year-old Georgia girl died in a fiery car crash after her 20-year-old fiance abducted her from her family's home on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.

Elijah Cox, 20, and his fiance Raina Reed, 16, died after Cox crashed his Volvo sedan carrying the pair into a tree, causing the car to catch fire, according to media reports.

Reed's aunt said her niece and Cox were recently engaged, but that they had a tumultuous relationship. She said she took Reed from her finance's home on Thanksgiving because Cox was drunk and belligerent, and she brought her back to safety at her parents' home in Temple, Georgia.

"He said nobody could stop him," her aunt said.

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Cox later showed up at Reed's parents' house and "shot before he came in the house, three times" according to the aunt.

Reed and six of her family members hid in their bathroom after hearing the shots, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Cox found the family and began arguing with Reed before abducting her at gunpoint.

Georgia State Patrol said a handgun and rifle were recovered from the remains of Cox's vehicle and that "any actions prior to the crash, involving a gun, are being investigated," WSB reports.

Deputy Chief Brad Robinson of Carroll County says one of his officers spotted Cox's car speeding near Reed's home, but minutes later they had crashed.

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Both Cox and Reed reportedly died instantly.

 

Sources: WSBAtlanta Journal Constitution / Photo Credit: Carroll County Sheriff's Office via Atlanta Journal Constitution