UPDATE: Washington County teen had threatened ex-girlfriend before murder suicide

Family members say 17-year-old Shenerica Brown enjoyed listening to music, dancing and hanging out with friends much like other teenage girls.

An 11th-grader at Washington County High School in Sandersville, Brown wanted to be a registered nurse after graduation.

Her plans were cut short Sunday morning when her ex-boyfriend, 19-year-old Ardavius Foster, fatally shot her and then turned the gun on himself.

"They had been having domestic problems for quite a while," said Washington County Sheriff Thomas Smith.

Brown's family said the couple had a 4-month-old child, Ardasia Foster.

Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Ardavius Foster went to Brown's great aunt's house at 156 Mayview Drive and the two argued, Smith said.

Smith said deputies aren't sure what Brown and Foster argued about, but they previously had engaged in arguments about visitation with Ardasia.

During the argument, Foster took the baby and took her to his car where he retrieved a .45 caliber pistol, Smith said.

Brown followed Foster outside where the two continued to argue until Foster fired two shots at Brown hitting her in the chest and face, Smith said.

He then turned the gun on himself, firing a single shot into his head, Smith said.

Brown's great aunt and two other people witnessed the shooting and called deputies at about 12:15 a.m., Smith said.

Washington County Coroner E.K. May said Brown and Foster were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead moments after the shooting.

Nastacia Taylor, 17, said Brown ended her relationship with Foster about two weeks ago.

Foster showed up with a gun at the Sonic drive-in where Brown worked last week and threatened her, said Taylor, Brown's cousin and friend.

"He said, if she ever tried to leave him he'd kill her and kill himself," Taylor said.

Smith said murder-suicides are uncommon in Washington County, especially ones with such young victims.

"It's very, very rare," he said. "Our prayers go out to both families. Both families are really suffering."

Funeral services for Brown will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at The Word of Life Ministries in Sandersville. Services for Foster are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Grove Baptist Church in Sandersville.

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To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.