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Columbus Mayor Robert Smith released a statement on social media in response to the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Posted: Jul 23, 2019 7:10 AM
Updated: Jul 23, 2019 12:54 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Columbus Mayor Robert Smith released a statement on social media in response to the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Arykah White, 16, was shot and killed Saturday night while attending a birthday party at the City of Columbus Community Activity Center in Propst Park, Mayor Smith said.

Arykah White on her Facebook page

RELATED: Teen dies in shooting at Propst Park Activity Center in Columbus

The mayor said police have leads in the investigation and have identified persons of interest. 

According to Smith, he also mandated the police department to increase patrols in the surrounding areas. 

"Immediate procedures for using the City facilities will be revised and upgraded to include- security cameras surrounding the exterior and interior of the premises, active police presence and patrolling, the enforcement of proper operations of hours, and appropriate activities."

Anyone with information on the shooting can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.

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