Her name was Shania Gray.

Gray, a 16-year-old high school junior, never expected her life would come to a tragic end, but it did, all because she had the courage to speak out.

According to Mesquite, Tx. police, the teen met her demise at the hands of Franklin B. Davis, the 30-year-old man she had accused of raping her. He was scheduled to go to trail on four counts of sexual assault of a child next month, but took matters into his own hands, shooting Gray twice before stepping on her neck until she stopped breathing.

Davis met Gray when she was babysitting his two children. And after she declined several times to watch his children again, Gray confessed to her grandmother that Davis had raped her.

Davis claims he never assaulted the teen, and only wanted to talk to Shania last Thursday when he used social media to lure her away from school and kill her.

The Associated Press reports:

The man insisted in a jailhouse interview Monday that he only wanted to talk to the teen and prove his innocence but said he was overcome by “demons” once they were face-to-face.

Franklin B. Davis, 30, of the Dallas suburb of Irving, was charged with capital murder Sunday in the death of Shania Gray. Gray was last seen alive Thursday afternoon at Hebron High School in nearby Carrollton. Her body was found Saturday in a secluded area near the Trinity River.

Carrollton police say Davis confessed to arranging a meeting with Gray under false pretenses, driving her to a trail near the river and shooting her twice with a .38-caliber pistol. According to an arrest affidavit, Gray fell into the river and called Davis by his nickname: “Why, Wish?” 

Davis told police he then stepped on her neck until she stopped breathing, the affidavit said.

Carrollton police spokesman Jon Stovall said in an email that police believe Davis killed Gray because she was about to testify against him.

Gray confessed to shooting Shania, telling police, he was “fighting demons,” and felt like “a different person was in me.” He has been charged with capital murder and is being held on $2 million bail.

Shania Gray’ tragic murder is heartbreaking for her friends and family who remember Gray as a girl who loved to give hugs and talk about her future.

Shelby Holland, Gray’s junior varsity basketball coach at Horn High School, told a local Dallas news outlet, “We want to spend our time talking about the hugs she was constantly giving out, the wonderful life she held for us while she was here. To see the kind of kid she was and that untapped potential for the kind of woman she would become – it’s just sad to sit here and think, `We’ll never know what kind of great young woman she’d become.'”

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  1. Wow. Let’s stop with the victim blaming and focus on the real issue: this girl who died senselessly. The person who is to blame is a grown man who decided a gun was the solution to his problems. That’s the culprit. Rape and murder happen all the time regardless of the best precautions we take as humans. And it can happen even in homes that are parented by two loving, caring individuals. In fact, my sister’s friend was literally snatched from in front of her home in an upscale neighborhood and raped and nearly killed many, many years ago. Sometimes people just do crazy things and go off and kill people. I think we are all reacting because it’s scary to think that the world is so chaotic and random that people we love could be taken out at any moment.

    If we can point the fingers and say “this is why that happened,” then we’re in control and can keep those bad things at bay. But the truth is, things happen. And the people committing the acts should be punished.

  2. Nestafan2

    I really feel sorry for you. How sad to use this poor girl’s tragedy as a “let’s defend black men” argument. I pray you don’t have daughters.

    • Chillyroad


      “How sad to use this poor girl’s tragedy as a “let’s defend black men” argument.”

      I wish some of these comments didnt put all black men, even black boys, on trial. We cant just talk about ways in which we can protect children when they are outside the house, when they are online, when they are not in the company of trusty worthy adults. The only thing we can devolve into is condeming black men and even boys as rapist and murderers?

  3. Janaé

    Your mother was clearly unfit.

  4. ChillyRoad


    You’re lying. Im prepared to defend anything I have ever said on Clutch but I will not defend your inventions. Sorry.

    Whoever is on YouTube saying what…thats not my business.

    With regard to SMH comments… Ive never defended anything he has said about Chris Brown, Gabby Douglas, or anyone else you can pull out of your back pocket. I offered research done by a noted sociologist on why some families are more vulnerable than others. No one can dispute that.

    I made it a point not to say anything negative about Gabby Douglas. My problem was with people taking what little Gabby said about her father and concluding he was a deadbeat based on a very popular meme in the black community. I suggested that a man who is both separated from his wife, and placed overseas by the American government couldn’t be the type of father all children need.

    I don’t really care what your suspicions of me are. You can either agree or disagree with what I say but don’t lie or make things up or conclude you know anything about how I feel about black women or black men.