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Angelia Mangum, 19, and Tjhisha Ball,18, were found dead and bound together along a road in Jacksonville, Florida Thursday. Local news source WJXT has the story:
Investigators are trying to determine a cause of death and do suspect foul play. Waters also told WJXT, “They were in an area where they would have been noticed, so I think it was fairly recently since they’d been left there.” A witness told WJAX the two teens were bound with zip ties and lying on top of one another. The medical examiner has taken the bodies of the teens to determine the cause of death.
Ebony.com’s Jamilah Lemieux wrote about the killings and the apparent lack of interest in the story:

Two teen girls were found dead in Duval County, Florida and now, we wait for answers and the predictable lack of outrage from people who might typically deem a double murder to be cause for such.

The few reports about the story have cited the women’s criminal records (neither of which are worth mentioning here). Ball’s sister, Crystal Moore told ABC Action News that the two women were close friends and had been working in the Jacksonville area as exotic dancers.

It isn’t unreasonable to expect for a grieving family to wish that their dead loved one hadn’t worked in the sex industry, one where women are often subject to increased abuse and harassment at the hands of clients, employers and law enforcement alike. Thus, there should be no judgment from any of us about Ball’s lament about her daughter’s work. But what I fear will happen here is a general sentiment among media makers and the public that because these women were sex workers, that their deaths are not cause for outrage and fear.

Someone(s) apparently killed two women and left their bodies on the side of the road for the world to see. We shouldn’t need for them to have been “good girls”—or White girls, or, perhaps good White girls—for this to be cause for national concern. It seems apparent that there is a killer, or killers, on the loose. Read more.

[Video] Two Women Killed, Found Dead Along Florida Road was originally published on newsone.com

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