Tifton family, community left heartbroken after fatal stabbing of nine-year-old

Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 9:16 PM EDT
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TIFT COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) - A nine-year-old girl in Tifton was found stabbed to death in her home, and the community is coming together in support as her killer remains on the loose.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was still on the scene looking for answers Wednesday evening as the family of nine-year-old Alazia Johnson held a candlelight vigil.

The fatal incident happened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Johnson’s mother, Tegina Brown, is a single mom of three who says she was working overnight at a local nursing home.

“I came home and just found my baby,” she told WCTV.

Johnson, who was known as Ally, was Brown’s oldest child and her only daughter.

“All I know is some monster took my princess from me, and I can’t get her back," Brown said.

The Tift County community is outraged.

“I’ve been here for almost seven years, and I have never heard of something like this happening,” Amy Pina, a Tifton resident, said through tears.

A close family friend, Myaa Starr, tells WCTV Peterson Apartments residents make up a tight-knit community.

“If the baby trusted this person, it had to be somebody in the neighborhood,” she said.

Amy Green with the Tifton Housing Authority says surveillance cameras were rolling at the time.

“Housing Authority does have cameras on the properties, and the cameras were working,” Green said. “The Tifton Housing Authority is working with local and state law enforcement.”

Eight-year-old Harmonni Dixon says Ally was her best friend. The two were neighbors, peers at Len Lastinger Primary School and god-sisters.

“Her laugh is so funny,” Dixon said. “I miss her.”

Ally’s body was transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy; those results are pending.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or the Tifton Police Department at 229-382-3132.

Family members have created a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses. In less than 24 hours, nearly $10,000 were raised. If you’d like to donate, you can do so by clicking here.

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