Carroll County

‘Horrific tragedy’: Teen girl shot, killed while hanging with friends in backyard

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. — A 17-year-old high school student was killed in a shooting outside a home in Carroll County Tuesday.

Investigators are calling the death of Mount Zion High School student Candace Chrzan a “horrific tragedy.”

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According to police, Chrzan was with friends in the backyard of a home on Bowdon Junction Road when she was shot and killed around 8 p.m.

“This remains an open and active investigation and all parties involved in this horrific tragedy are cooperating at this time. Carroll County Investigators are working closely with the District Attorney’s Office in this case and no other details will be released pending the outcome,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“We ask that you keep the family of Chrzan in your thoughts and prayers as they are trying to process the loss of a bright young soul and please respect their privacy at this time. We also ask that you remember her classmates at Mount Zion High School as they return to class without her.”

Investigators say they will give out more information once the investigation is completed.