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Semaj Antonio Moss, 18, of Tifton, has been arrested and charged with malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault.  He was picked up in Lowndes County by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and will be transported to the Tift County Jail.

 This is a developing story and will be updated. 

TIFTON – A 9-year-old girl was killed in a housing authority neighborhood Tuesday, according to a short statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The GBI  is investigating the death of Alazia Johnson, a 9-year-old girl, in the Peterson Apartments.

GBI reports she was stabbed to death, according to the statement.

"Agents and investigators are actively investigating this incident as a homicide," GBI officials said. "Alazia’s body was taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur where autopsy results are pending." 

The GBI asks that anyone with information about the death contact the GBI tip line, (800) 597-TIPS, or the Tifton Police Department, (229) 382-3132.

Tifton Housing Authority issued a statement Tuesday noting the death of a minor at one of its properties.

The THA statement also mentions an unrelated Sept. 29 shooting at one of its properties.

"The identified shooter in September’s incident was banned in 2018 from all properties owned by the Tifton Housing Authority and was at the property illegally," according to the THA statement. "Neither the shooter nor the victim in the Sept. 29, 2020, shooting incident are residents of any Tifton Housing Authority property."

“The mission of the THA is to provide safe and affordable housing for eligible individuals, families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. That mission is at the forefront of every decision made on behalf of its residents. The Tifton Housing Authority will continue to work with law enforcement in every way possible to ensure the safety of its residents,” said Shaundra Clark, THA executive director.

THA officials noted the properties have a zero-tolerance policy for violence and illegal activity.

Residents undergo background checks as part of their THA application and those with prior violent histories are not granted residency. "Residents who engage in criminal or violent activity are evicted and/or banned from THA properties, pursuant to the guidelines set forth in each THA lease and applicable HUD guidelines," according to the statement.

“The THA is committed to the safety and well-being of all residents. This is a time when we must, as a community, stand firm together and be intentional in all efforts to prevent violence and support healing,” Clark said.

Tifton Housing Authority provides housing for more than 380 households within the City of Tifton and throughout Tift County.

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