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If you do a search on Facebook for “Bridget Shiel” you’ll come across pages and pages of posts from people mourning the loss of a 19-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in Atlanta.
Bridget Shiel’s body was found Tuesday morning at 6:50 AM in Oakland City Park, after police responded to a call of an unresponsive female. She was naked, and her body was filled with bullet holes – in her back, buttocks, and legs. The bullets used to shoot her weren’t just any bullets, either. They’re called Radically Invasive Projectiles, also referred to as “R.I.P. bullets.” This was overkill.
Police said no other personal items were found near Bridget’s body, and they believe the murder did not take place at the park, only the disposal of her body.
On Tuesday afternoon, police asked the public for help in finding Bridget’s car, a red Ford Fusion. They said a license plate reader had taken a photograph of the car on Saturday around Northridge and Roswell roads, just north of Atlanta. They were unable to tell who was driving the car.
Earlier today, police announced they had located the vehicle, behind King’s Southern Delight restaurant in DeKalb County, about 20 miles away from the park where Bridget’s body had been found. Her clothes were found inside.
So who was Bridget?
According to her Facebook page, Bridget studied at Empire Beauty School at Dunwoody and was an aspiring hair stylist. There were a few rumors on Facebook that she had just started a new job last week working at Club Wax in Atlanta, but I haven’t been able to verify that.
Bridget was also a model and she appeared in a music video not too long before her death.
Bridget’s mother spoke with WSB-TV:
“Angela Shiel told Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez she feels guilty because she and her daughter were not on the best of terms when she found out she had been killed.
Now that guilt is eating away at her because she says she didn’t get a chance to say “I love you.” She didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.
“I feel like part of my heart was taken away and a part of me is missing,” Shiel said. “I feel worried and sick that she may have suffered. I don’t know if she was tortured, I don’t know what happened.”
Bridget’s father told 11Alive that Bridget had a smile that “lit up the room.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Bridget’s funeral arrangements.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.
I’ll post any updates to the case here.
UPDATE: 6/6/16 2:09 PM
CBS46 Investigates is reporting new details about Bridget that may hold some clues to finding her killer.
Bridget had an ad on Backpage.com, where she referred to herself as “Nastia” and said she was a “seductive vixen with a touch of class and elegance.”
In addition to possibly working in the sex trade industry, CBS is also reporting that in February 2016, just months before she was murdered, Bridget called 911 to report that her boyfriend, 21-year-old Kevin Anthony Kinnie, had hit her in the mouth.
Two days after that, another domestic violence call came through to 911 and this time, a fight had broken out between Bridget and another woman she and Kinnie had been living with. Both women were taken to jail.
It’s obviously not clear if any of this has any relevance to Bridget’s murder, but it does raise some red flags and give new leads as to who could potentially want to harm Bridget.
– Bridget Shiel’s Facebook
– Bridget Shiel’s Instagram
– Dead, naked woman found in Atlanta park
– Naked body of 19-year-old woman found in Atlanta park
– Police find car of woman found shot to death, nude in park
– 19-year-old found shot, dead was a part of Atlanta’s sex industry