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Teen killing his family a major disturbance - Jaya Franklin

Last month, Anthony Terrell, Jr., a Gwinnett County teenager confessed to killing his mother, a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy, and his two, young sisters.

A possible motive for the slayings has not been released, but there is something that bothered me almost more than the fact that the young man killed his own family members.

Along with the story that was printed in several newspapers, was a mugshot of the guy who is being charged in the shooting deaths. By looking at his mugshot, you would think he was proud of what he did. I mean, he is basically posing in the photo like this is some sort of game.

As soon as I saw the picture, I got the feeling that this guy has a bad-boy mentality. I don't know him personally, so I'm speculating here. But just from the attitude he appears to project in the photo, he seems to be another teen trying to prove himself to the world.

This definitely wasn't the way to do so. The guy hasn't even finished high school, yet. Whatever plans he may have had for the future, have been swept out of the window. And it all could have been avoided.

On top of that, how can an incident that resulted in three females being killed be considered an accomplishment? What would that prove to the world?

How could something this detrimental provide a 17-year-old male with respect from his elders or peers?

It's sad that the young man may not fully realize what he has done, and what he is faced with, until he enters the doors of a prison facility and finds himself alone.

This whole situation is disturbing. I just can't fathom how someone can do something so brutal.

Personally, it's hard for me to do anything without thinking about the consequences. When someone says or does something rude to me, my first thought is to confront the person and to do something just as petty. But when I think about the consequences and what may happen to me in an event like this, I begin to weigh my options.

Confronting someone, when you don't know what's going on in their heads and what's bothering them, could cause you to risk your own life.

My life is definitely worth more than that. I just wish Terrell could have realized this before he allegedly took action.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.