3 men, 18, charged with murder of Peachtree City teen

Three young adults have been arrested in connection to the death of a 15-year-old girl at a Peachtree City apartment complex.

Madison Gesswein, 15, was found dead by her mother around 6 a.m. Tuesday inside their apartment at The Greens at Braelinn, according to Peachtree City police. A final cause of death is pending determination by the medical examiner, but authorities say an injury to Madison's head appears consistent with a gunshot wound. 

"She was so young," said Jada Zimbabwe, one of the victim’s friends. "She didn't do anyone anything to anyone."

A smiling face is how friends and family of 15-year-old Gesswein remember her.

"She was just really sweet," Zimbabwe said. "Everyone I know liked her. She's outgoing too."

Gesswein’s mom found her and immediately called 911.

"She is bleeding from the head," her mom said on the phone. 

Police say detectives quickly arrested three 18-year-old suspects, all acquaintances of the victim. 

They are identified as Justus Smith, Jacobean Brown and Yeshua Mathis all from Fayetteville. Each faces a murder charge.

"This was not a random act," said Peachtree City Police Assistant Chief Matt Myers. "They knew whose apartment they were at, and it was in some way related to matters between these individuals."

At this point, investigators have not identified a specific motive or how the three suspects got into the apartment. 

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Madison Gesswein, 15, was found dead by her mother at their apartment in Peachtree City (Peachtree City Police).

During the 911 call, her mom said her daughter's bedroom door was locked when she woke up.

"I came through the bedroom door, her bedroom window is open, and the blinds are a mess," her mom said.

That window is now part of the investigation.

"That window was taken by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Scene Unit in its entirety for processing of evidence," Myers said. "That's why there was a bag covering a window."

For Gesswein’s friend, this loss hurts.

"It's just so scary knowing someone so close was murdered, so brutally," Zimbabwe said. 

All three suspects are now in custody at the Fayette County jail. Authorities say additional charges may be issued as the investigation continues. 

Police say this is the first murder in Peachtree City in about nine months.