Facebook Murder Again! Man Kills 16yrs Old Girl

A 30-year-old man facing charges of raping a teenage girl two years ago is said to have murdered the 16-year-old last week so that she could not testify against him in his upcoming sexual assault trial, said police.

Franklin Davis, 30, of Irving, Texas, confessed to shooting dead a black girl, Shania Gray, after he was arrested on Friday and police began questioning him about the girl's death.

Davis allegedly raped and sexually assaulted Gray in 2010 when she babysat for his two children. In July 2011, he was charged with four counts of sexual abuse and was released on bail the following month.

The tragedy started when Davis set up a fake Facebook profile pretending to be a teenage boy in order to lure 16yrs Old Gray into seeing him. Davis met up with the schoolgirl, drove her to a remote park and killed her, police said.

Using the fake profile, Davis sent the schoolgirl messages saying they had mutual friends and that he had a crush on her. He told her he would stop by her school to say hello on Thursday, Sherry Ramsey, a close friend of the victim’s family disclosed.

Around 4pm last Thursday, after finishing her second day at a new high school, the 16-year-old believed she was meeting up with her new Facebook friend. Instead, she was picked up by Davis, who then drove her to the secluded Campion Trails Park in Irving, fatally shot her and dumped her body in a nearby river, according to police.

It is not clear what made Gray get into Davis’ car, whether she was held at gunpoint or if Davis was wearing a disguise, said Ramsey. Gray's family say she would not have got into Davis' car willingly.

Gray’s family say they did not know of any contact between their daughter and Davis since he allegedly raped and sexually assaulted her. Davis trial was scheduled for October 29 and police believe that he killed the 16-year-old so that she could not testify against him. A police investigation was launched after Gray’s family reported the schoolgirl missing on Friday morning.

Police retrieved the weapon, a 38 Calibre pistol, from a nearby pond. Davis has been charged with capital murder on Sunday and is being held at Dallas County Jail.

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