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The family of a slain Atlanta teen feels she was preyed upon by somebody who took advantage of her empathetic nature.
Tori Lang, 18, was found shot to death under a tree at Yellow River Park in Stone Mountain last week, a press release from the Gwinnett Police Department states. Her family identified her after cops released descriptions of her tattoos, which include a heart cross and the phrase “faith makes all possible.”
So far, nobody has been arrested in connection with her murder.
“This demon has to be apprehended,” the victim’s father Torrey Lang told local outlet WAGA-TV. “This is the devil. He created hell on Earth for me and my family. This isn’t something you get over. This was my only child, my baby.”
Tori's family worries that someone may have preyed upon her generous nature.
“We know for a fact in this particular situation, all of the wrong people got wind of her caring spirit,” the grieving father told local outlet WSB-TV. “A good-hearted spirit can be a double-edged sword because it can be used for good and evil. Individuals with bad intentions could use that.”
Her aunt Tamara Lang echoed that sentiment.
“One of the things that I would always try to explain to her is you can’t save everybody,” she told WSB-TV. “She was always trying to help her friends. I honestly believe in my heart someone took advantage of my baby.”
Torrey told WXIA-TV that her daughter’s 2012 Nissan Versa was discovered about five miles from the park by police, burned up. A spokesperson for the Gwinnett Police Department confirmed that to be true to Oxygen.com on Wednesday.
The teen’s murder was one of two Atlanta-area murders last week which led to a viral social media post blaming a serial killer for the slayings. Police have told the media that there is no connection between the shooting of Tori and the stabbing murder of Katherine Janness, 40, and her dog, Bowie in Piedmont Park.
"At this time, investigators are exploring all motives," the Gwinnett police state about the teen's death. "Witnesses are encouraged to call GCPD Investigators or Atlanta Crime Stoppers with any useful information."
Anyone with information is asked to please contact GCPD detectives at 770 513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.
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