18-year-old Lafayette Hodges has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after turning himself in hours after 19-year-old Lyniah Bell was shot and killed inside a South Side apartment.
Bell, who was home from Michigan State University for the holidays, was pronounced dead at the scene with a wound to the head around 9:40 p.m. Friday in what police are calling “an apparent domestic incident,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
Hodges’ connection to Bell is unclear.
“To know Lyniah was to love her,” reads a Facebook post from North Lawndale College Prep, a charter school where Bell graduated from earlier this year. “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.”
Sam Brown, Bell’s cousin, told the Tribune that she had been planning to major in business and journalism at MSU.
“She loved it,” he said. “Sometimes it felt as if she’s at home there and she was visiting us.”
Prayers out to Lyniah and her family.