Rachel S. Lawhead

Rachel Summer Lawhead (July 28, 1976 – May 7, 1991) was a 14-year-old freshman at West Potomac High School who was shot in the face and killed by her 16-year-old boyfriend Marcus Fossett at his family's house at 2607 Beacon Hill Road in Alexandria on May 7, 1991.[1][2][3]

Fosset was reportedly upset that Lawhead had chosen to attend the upcoming prom as someone else's date.[4]


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  2. Davis, Patricia. "Teen's Accounts of Shooting Said to Vary; Fairfax Youth Kept Changing His Story, Investigator Says." The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext): 0. Jun 21 1991. ProQuest. Web. 7 June 2014.
  3. Davis, Patricia. "Va. Teenager Gets 22 Years for Killing His Girlfriend, 14." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Dec 21 1991. ProQuest. Web. 9 Aug. 2014.
  4. Seaberry, Jane. "Slain Va. Girl's Prom Plans Angered Youth, Friends Say." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 9 May 1991. Web. 06 May 2016.