The girlfriend of the Georgia high school football star who was murdered outside a Dave & Buster’s has described how she screamed in pain as he died in front of her after being shot.
Bailey Reidling said she discovered Elijah DeWitt bleeding after an alleged altercation in the parking lot of the entertainment center on Oct. 5.
“I run over to Elijah and he’s on the ground and I walk right up to him and he’s talking to me — the last word he said to me was ‘help,'” Reidling said.
“You’re screaming at the moment because you’re in shock. So it’s like a scream that you’re not trying to do, it just comes out,” she told Fox News Digital.
The college student and cheerleader — who used to cheer on the sidelines for her boyfriend — said she “checked his pulse and I freaked out because there’s nothing going on there.
Two suspects, Kemare Bryan, 18, and Chandler Richardson, 19, have been arrested in connection with the shooting in South Carolina and will be extradited to Georgia, where they will be charged with felony murder and other crimes related to the shooting.
Eighteen-year-old DeWitt had been a standout receiver for Jefferson High School and was nicknamed “Easy E” by NFL player Cam Newton.
He had dated Reidling for five years and they were dating when the tragic shooting happened.
“Elijah would forgive them … I will,” Reidling said of the two suspects.
“Something in my heart tells me that. I have no hatred towards them. Anger? Yes,” she added.
Authorities are trying to piece together a motive for the tragic violence, and DeWitt’s mother said she believes it could have been a botched robbery. Police said it appears that “the suspect and the victim were familiar with each other.”
“When they ran into each other in the parking lot, an argument took place and then the shooting,” the local PD said.
DeWitt was found dead around 8 p.m., after police rushed to the scene on reports of a person being shot, authorities said.
Reidling added that she forgives Bryan and Richardson in part because she doesn’t know their own situations.
“You don’t know how those kids were raised. You know what they went through,” Reidling said.
“It’s not right. It’s never going to be right. But you know, Elijah, this isn’t the only crime, it’s everywhere. And it’s horrible.”
DeWtt’s father, Craig, echoed that sentiment.
His father, Craig DeWitt, said he forgave the two murder suspects, who live in Georgia.
“Forgiveness is for the forgiver. We don’t want hate in this household,” he told Fox 5.