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Laniya Miller, 15, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Dominique Battle, 16, killed in car crash into pond near St. Petersburg, Florida
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says the driver apparently missed a sharp turn near a cemetery and went into the water near St. Petersburg early Thursday. Investigators have identified the girls as 15-year-old Laniya Miller, 15-year-old Ashaunti Butler and 16-year-old Dominique Battle. It wasn't immediately clear who was driving.
Dominique Battle, 16, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Laniya Miller, 15, drowned. Now their families have hired a lawyer and are calling for a new investigation, saying deputies aren’t telling the whole story about the girls they think law enforcement unfairly painted as criminals.
In the video, Pinellas County deputies can be heard standing by their cruiser, with one officer yelling, “I hear them yelling, I think!”
“They’re done. They are 6-7, dude” another officer replies.
“They were yelling,” a deputy responds. “I thought I heard yelling.”
As the car continued to sink the deputy replies, “But now, they’re done. They’re done.”