GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) – The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office says a teen wanted in connection with a deadly shooting that took the life of a 15-year-old girl is now in custody.
Deputies arrested Jaquin Stephens, 16, of Gonzales, who is charged with second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons and illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile. The sheriff’s office said he was found at a Livingston Parish home.
Gracie Limas, the victim, and Stephens were dating when Stephens got jealous and reportedly shot her. The search for Stephens began after deputies found a body at a home on Bourque Road after 11:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.
APSO believes Stephens to be “armed and dangerous.”
In a joint statement, East Ascension High School Principal Lauren Avery and APPLe Digital Academy Principal Harry Wright said Limas was a rising junior.
Dear Colleagues, Parents, and Students,
It is with deep sorrow that we are reporting the death of Gracie Limas, one of our rising juniors, who lost her life this weekend. We are sharing this information in coordination with local law enforcement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gracie and her family during this difficult time. We also offer condolences to all East Ascension High and APPLe Digital Academy students and staff members, especially her classmates, teachers, and support staff.
Grief counselors will be on campus when students return to offer support to anyone who needs it.East Ascension High School Principal Lauren Avery and APPLe Digital Academy Principal Harry Wright