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Suspect accused of killing teen in celebratory gunfire incident turns self in

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The man accused of killing a 16-year-old girl during a celebratory gunfire incident has turned himself into police.

Marcel Smith turned himself in to Fulton County authorities Wednesday afternoon. Police had been searching for Smith since the incident occurred on Saturday.

Fulton County police said Rasheedah Evans was killed by a stray bullet when she was sitting on her couch watching a movie with her two brothers.

The family of Rasheedah Evans is still grieving the loss of their 16-year-old loved one.

“It just don’t make sense, don’t make no kind of sense,” said Tommy Reese Jr. the great-uncle of the teenage victim.

Officers called the shooting an accident and the result of celebratory gunshots. 

Police were also looking for Curtis Cohen, who they say is Smith's cousin. Police found and interviewed Cohen and they said he is no longer a person of interest.

“The speculation is that it was an accident. I don’t understand if you’re shooting up in the air, how can it go through a house,” said Reese.

Reese said the College Park home is where Evans spent a lot of her time reading books. He also said she was an honor roll student, in Beta club and was hoping to someday become a pediatrician.

Now Reese is holding onto the last memory he has of her, when he stopped by for a visit a few weeks ago.

“That’s when she gave me a hug and told me she would see me later. I didn’t know I wouldn't see her and she wouldn’t see me,” said Reese.

A memorial will take place at 19 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard in Atlanta at 11 a.m. on Saturday. 

Meanwhile, Marcel Smith has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was released from jail Friday morning after making bond.

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