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Pregnant woman found stabbed to death in LaGrange, 2 face charges, police say

It happened in the early morning of Wednesday.

LAGRANGE, Ga. — Police in LaGrange said Wednesday, while on patrol, they found a pregnant woman stabbed to death early in the morning.

According to the LaGrange Police Department, officers were patrolling the area of Fort Drive a little after 2:30 a.m. when "a deceased female was discovered."

She was later identified by police as Breanna Burgess. They said the Criminal Investigation Section of the department determined she had been "stabbed and succumbed to her injuries."

In a later update, authorities said Burgess was 20 weeks pregnant. Police took Curteze Avery and Shallandra Freeman taken into custody, where they face murder and feticide charges. They are being held without bond, the police department said. 

"The incident was not a random act of violence involving strangers," LaGrange Police said.

Credit: LaGrange Police Department

Investigators believe Burgess was targeted. They said she had known the suspects for several years.

"If anyone has any information about this incident please contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706 883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706 812-1000," a police statement said.

An online fundraiser said Burgess was already a mother to three children. 

"She didn’t deserve this and this was the last thing we expected to happen," the online campaign said. 

The family is raising money for funeral expenses.


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