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Albany State University Volleyball Student Killed In Tragic Nightclub Shooting

Mariam Creighton, a member of the volleyball program at Albany State University, was tragically killed in a shooting at an Atlanta lounge early Sunday morning. Police responded to a call regarding a person being shot at the Elleven45 Lounge at 2110 Peachtree Road NW around 2:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they found six individuals who had been shot.

Creighton, who was only 21 years old, was a talented volleyball player who attended Albany State University, an HBCU in Georgia.

She was killed alongside 20-year-old Nakyris M. Ridley, according to Fulton County Police. The shooter reportedly opened fire during a fight inside the club, injuring four other people in addition to the two who were killed. All six victims were between the ages of 20 and 30.

Creighton’s family told Atlanta News First that she was with friends celebrating a birthday at the club when she was shot. Police are searching for the shooting suspect. They have not yet provided any description of the suspect. Albany State confirmed that Creighton played volleyball for the Golden Rams.

Four others – two men and two women – were taken to area hospitals in stable condition and are expected to survive.

For nearby workers and residents, it feels like a growing problem.

“Bennett Street was just this incredible, artistic, hopping, exciting place,” said Amy Brown Edelstein. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, and that’s unfortunate.”

On Sunday, Elleven45 Lounge posted the following statement on social media.

“We at Elleven 45 are profoundly affected by the recent tragic events. Our hearts go out to all those impacted, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the individuals and families who have suffered loss and injury. The safety and well-being of our patrons and staff have always been our paramount concern. To ensure a thorough investigation in cooperation with local law enforcement, we will be closing our doors today.”

Mariam_Creighton_2023_Headshot | Photo Courtesy of Albany State University.

Creighton previously competed at fellow SIAC HBCU Benedict College before coming to Albany State. Dr. Kristene Kelly, Albany State Director of Athletics posted about Creighton’s passing on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“We are heartbroken over the loss of Mari,” Kelly wrote. “What a beautiful soul. Our Albany State RAMily is devastated by this news. Our thoughts are with Mari’s loved ones.”

Police said they’re reviewing surveillance video from inside the club for leads. They also said they were planning on interviewing the surviving victims along with other witnesses.

The investigation remains ongoing. If you have any information, contact the Atlanta Police Department at 404-658-6666. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

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