Bodies of murdered teens found behind grocery store: 'We all are devastated by this tragic news'
A murder mystery is unfolding in an Atlanta, Georgia, suburb, where two popular high school students were found murdered behind a grocery store this week.
A delivery driver discovered the bodies of Natalie Henderson, 17, of Roswell, and Carter Davis, also 17, of Woodstock Monday morning behind a Publix.
Authorities have released few details but say the teens both suffered head trauma and had been behind the store since about 2 a.m.
Police have thus far declined to speculate as to why the beloved teens were meeting so late.
While little is known about how the teens died, their friends and loved ones want the world to know how they lived.
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Carter, who was found dead on what was supposed to be the first day of his senior year in high school, was an athlete with hopes of extending his lacrosse prowess to the college level.
"We all are devastated by this tragic news. Carter excelled in the classroom and on the field and will be greatly missed by many friends. Today he should have been enjoying the first day of his senior year of high school, which is a special time for every child and family," read a statement from this school district in Cherokee County.
Carter's principal at River Ridge High School also released a statement calling Carter "an energetic student who was known as a friend to all. He always came to class in a good mood and with a smile on his face. He excelled in the classroom and was always willing to help out classmates."
In addition to lacrosse, Carter played on the football team.
Natalie was also active in extracurricular activities, her band director at Roswell High School said in a statement.
"Tonight we grieve the loss of one of our own," Dr. Michael Moon wrote. "Natalie Henderson was a thriving member of the Color Guard — a fun, talented young woman who was loved by so many. Her absence will be felt by each of us tomorrow and for a long time to come. During this difficult time, we ask that you keep the Henderson family in your thoughts and prayers."
As the investigation continues, Roswell Police Detectives say they are continuing to perform interviews, and review surveillance video from area businesses.
Any witnesses who may have been in the area in the early morning hours, specifically 2-3 a.m., have been asked to contact the Roswell Police Department.