Georgia Army National Guard Spc. Miranda Nichols, 28, was shot and killed outside of her mother’s home in Vidalia, Georgia two days after Thanksgiving on November 24, 2012. It is believed that her boyfriend of six months Army Spc. Samuel Tellu shot Miranda in an apparent domestic dispute. After Tellu shot Miranda, he jumped in his vehicle and took off. Tellu was later found in his vehicle with a fatal gunshot wound to his head. Tellu was assigned to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd ID, as a petroleum specialist. Nichols served in the 3rd ID and the Georgia Army National Guard. They had both deployed overseas. The Fort Stewart Criminal Investigation Division (CID) informed the public they were assisting local authorities with the apparent murder-suicide investigation.
- 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner
- 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female
- Learn more: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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I, Nadia Nichols niece of Miranda Nichols, dreamed this was going to happen before she was shot. I had visions that my mother would say “It’s your special gift.” When I dreamed of this happening I thought it wasn’t true. Then the next day I heard she was shot…..
We will never forget Miranda. If there’s anything you and the family would like to add to this post honoring her life, please let me know.