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Two teenagers and an adult have been arrested and charged in connection with the December death of Paul Sampleton Jr., police said Friday. All three suspects went to Grayson High School, where Paul was a freshman, according to police.
Paul wasn friends with the suspects, but knew them, Cpl. Jake Smith with Gwinnett County police said Friday afternoon. The teen mother told The Atlanta Journal Constitution she was thrilled to learn of the arrests, but is still heartbroken over the loss of her only child.
still somber because my son is gone, Stephanie Stone, Paul mother, said Friday night. took a lot from me over material things that can be bought, that can be replaced. My son can be replaced. 19 within minutes of getting off the school bus at the townhouse where he lived with his mother. Paul father found the teen shortly after noon on the day, which was the last day of school before the winter break. It was also four days before his mother birthday.
Classmates and friends speculated immediately that the popular teenager had been killed over his love of high priced, hard to get basketball shoes, and Gwinnett County police confirmed the motive was robbery.
suspects knew that Paul Sampleton traded in high end sneakers and possessed nice clothing and electronics, Smith said Friday.
The day Paul was killed, witnesses reported seeing a silver BMW near the Haynescourt Crest townhome, and police traced that car to an address a half mile away, police said. Several pairs of Paul shoes,
including the ones he was wearing, were missing from the home the day he was killed, according to search warrants obtained by Channel 2 Action News.
Search warrants executed at the home led police to charge three people in connection with Paul death, and additional charges could be pending. The first search warrant was executed two days after Paul death, but no one was charged at that time, Smith said. SWAT officers served a second warrant Thursday night and took one of the teens into custody, according to police.
One 15 year old boy has been charged with murder and another 15 year old has been charged with armed robbery, according to Smith. A third person, an 18 year old identified as Romaine Stewart, has also been charged with armed robbery, Smith said.
The two younger suspects are being charged as adults, but are not being identified by The Atlanta Journal Constitution because of their age.
All three suspects were being held Friday night without bond.
Paul played on the freshman football team for most of the season and played baseball, according to his friends. But he had one hobby that made him stand out from others.
did love his shoes, Abiodun Anifowoshe, 15, previously told The AJC. new Jordans and Nikes that came out, Paul was always the first to get them. The arrests will help with the healing process, she said.