Durham, N.C. — A 17-year-old girl in the Durham County Detention Center on murder charges in a 2016 shooting killed herself early Thursday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives with the Durham sheriff’s office were dispatched to the detention facility around 3:30 a.m. when detainee Uniece Glenae Fennell was found unresponsive in her cell. Paramedics who responded pronounced her dead at the scene.

Preliminary evidence collected and statements given to detectives indicated that Fennell’s cause of death was a suicide, according to the sheriff’s office.

Julia Graves, Fennell’s mother said she is looking into a lawsuit because she does not believe her daughter committed suicide. She said she spoke to her the same day she died and she was happy and laughing.

“I know my daughter. I just can’t see her doing that,” Graves said.

She also said she was concerned that her daughter was initially 16 years old in an adult facility.

Fennell was put in the facility on July 26, 2016 after she was arrested and charged with the murder of a 19-year-old Durham man. She was also indicted on Aug. 4, 2016 for discharging a weapon into an occupied residence and discharging a firearm with a pattern of street gang activity.

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