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Friends and family of slain Sherman teen seeking answers

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 6:30 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Friends and family of a 17- year -old from Sherman who was kidnapped, trafficked, killed, and found dismembered in a Dallas pond in 2017 say they want to keep her story alive.

“Justice for Mikayla has to be done, we’re not going to rest until they get arrested,” Sunshine Grigg said.

Grigg said she knew 17-year-old Mikayla Mitchell since she was born, and she even lived with her for a while.

Mitchell, a former Sherman I-S-D student, was brutally killed and found in a Dallas pond in July 2017.

Dallas police said she was believed to be a victim of sex trafficking.

Police said Mitchell was being trafficked in west Texas near Abilene, where she escaped to a convenience store.

“She was unconscious and they got out of the car, when they got out, she used all of the power she had left in her after the strangling to get in the store to get help,” Grigg said.

Grigg said Mikayla was too scared to talk about what happened in Abilene.

She said less than a week later Mikayla was found dead in Dallas.

Dallas police named Darnell Dwight Smith also known as “Slick Rick” a person of interest in the case.

Now, Smith is in a federal prison in Beaumont on unrelated drug charges.

His release Date is listed as March 2036.

“Darnell we will get our turn for justice, Mikayla deserves justice,” Grigg said.

Sharon Hoover said she is close with Mikayla’s mother, and is begging anyone who knows something to come forward.

“What’s being done? She’s not trash, she’s not a piece of trash you just throw in the dumpster somewhere and walk off and forget about this child,” Hoover said.

They want her story to serve as a warning for how serious sex trafficking can be

“It could be anyone’s child, Mikayla was a strong-willed person she would have never gone to have sex for money, she got tricked into it, they will say anything and everything to get you,” Grigg said

They ask anyone with information to join their Justice for Mikayla Facebook page.

They are also asking those who want to help to donate to Treasured Vessels, a North Texas organization that helps victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.

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