18-year-old charged in MSU student's death

Published: Dec. 29, 2019 at 5:42 AM EST
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A Michigan State University student was killed while at home in Chicago over winter break.

19-year-old Lyniah Bell was staying at her boyfriend's house Friday night when she was fatally shot once in the head.

Police believe it was a domestic situation.

Chicago Police Department said Lafayette Hodges, 18, has been officially charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Hodges turned himself in to the police on Dec. 28 at approximately 4 a.m. after the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Bell.

Bell was shot and died around 9:41 p.m. on Dec. 27, according to CPD reports.

"Why did he take my baby from me? That's all I want to know," said Bell's mother Evelyn Hightower.

NBC5 Chicago reports Bell was a freshman at MSU and an honor student.

The principal of her former high school North Lawndale College Prep posted on the school's Facebook page saying, "To know Lyniah was to love her. A Peace Warrior and National Honors Society inductee, her extracurriculars included Theatre club, Hoops High, and CAPS (student instructor program). We just can’t say enough good about the positive impact she had on the school community. She will be missed dearly, and our hearts grieve alongside her mother and family."

"I was very proud of her. I couldn't ask for a better child. I just hated our time was cut short," said Hightower.

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