Police arrested a man on Wednesday in connection with the shootings of two teens who were found lifeless in a Roswell, Georgia, store parking lot.
People reports that Jeffrey Hazelwood, 20, was arrested in connection with the deaths of Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson, both 17-year-old students at River Ridge High School in Woodstock. The teens’ bodies were found on Monday at around 6:00 a.m., lying in a Publix grocery store parking lot, with single bullet shots to their heads. Police stated that Davis and Henderson arrived at Publix anywhere between 2 and 4 a.m., unbeknownst to their parents. When found by police, they were both lying next to their cars.
Hazelwood came on the radar after witnesses brought up his name and authorities reviewed the store’s video surveillance. According to Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant, Hazelwood was arrested at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning without incident.
Although detectives aren’t releasing information on a motive for the crime, FOX 29 reports that the police report was marked with an XBG next to Hazelwood’s and Henderson’s name, a code for ex-boyfriend, indicating they may have known each other.
Carter, on the other hand, appeared to have no relationship with Hazelwood; the police report had a UN next their names, short for “unknown.” However, Roswell Police Detective Zachary Frommer stated that the information on the police report could change as more information is gathered.
“Given what the officers had on scene at that moment, it appeared to be a relationship-involved situation. This information can change quickly as evidence and information is gathered but is only meant to be a starting point.”
Later on Wednesday morning, detective searched Hazelwood’s home on Gilhams Road in the East Cobb area of Roswell. Hazelwood lived at the home with his grandparents, who were compliant with authorities during the search. After three hours of searching, officers left the home with several bags of evidence. Residents of the upscale neighborhood were shocked that Hazelwood was involved in the crime, including a neighbor who’s known him since he was a young child.
“It’s just hard to believe. I just don’t picture Jeff doing that….Quiet, polite and just a nice kid.”
Yet, beneath the surface, Hazelwood may have had dark tendencies that neighbors weren’t aware of. According to a former friend Colin Nelson, who’s known Hazelwood since third grade, the 20-year-old was into collecting knives and took medications for some sort of emotional and/or mental issues. These claims, made to Heavy, have not been substantiated. According to Nelson:
“We had talked about trying to get him into the National Guard, and he has been off his meds for three weeks already, and I don’t think he ever got back on it. We talked about things. He would hear people talk. He’s been to mental hospitals a couple of times.”
Nelson also stated that he heard Hazelwood talking about killing two people, but he didn’t think he was serious until he heard the news. That prompted him to call the police.
Nelson continued on to say Hazelwood was a drug dealer who sold to high school kids. Yet Nelson said he only took a ride with him to a local school one time and witnessed it, but wanted nothing to do with the drug scene.
“He sold drugs to high schools. That’s what losers do; they sell drugs to high schools.”
Hazelwood’s Facebook page depicts a seemingly normal teen at times. One picture showed him at a bowling alley, with a comment from his mother, telling him she loved him. He replied back, “Love you too Mom!!!”
Other photos on his Facebook page, however, are questionable, including a pair of chicklings holding guns. Another photo he shared depicts a masked man holding a revolver in one hand and a cup of fire in the other. There’s no reference to Davis or Henderson on his account, but his profile page indicates he’s in a relationship. It’s speculated that he’s dating a girl named Kelsey that appears on his Instagram account, who may have been the resident of another home search in Cobb County.
[Photo by the Roswell Police Department]