EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio-- A grieving mother speaks out after two men are indicted in the execution-style killing of her 17-year-old daughter.
Prosecutors said they killed the teen to prevent her from testifying against them after they all committed a bank robbery.
"To find out that your child has been killed is a whole floodgate of emotion," said Christina Stribling. Stribling said she is still in shock a month after her daughter, Breanna Fluitt, was murdered. "Disbelief, didn't want to believe it."
On Tuesday, a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted 19-year old Kiechaun Newell and 22-year old Jeffrey Doss in Breanna's death. She was found shot to death in a field near Hayden Avenue and First Street in East Cleveland just before midnight on Aug. 19.
The men face a 14-count indictment that includes aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, felonious assault, conspiracy, robbery, theft and having weapons under disability.
"This 17-year-old girl was killed because she played a role in a bank robbery with a 19-year old and a 22-year old," said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, Jr.
Cuyahoga County prosecutors said four days before her death, Breanna was recruited by the men and robbed a Citizens Bank in Northfield Village. The FBI released surveillance photos to the media that show Breanna at the counter and Doss inside the bank.
Prosecutors said they believe, days later, the men picked up Breanna from her home and executed her so she could not be a witness against them.
"The 19-year-old and 22-year-old are afraid that the 17-year-old will not keep her mouth closed about the bank robbery. Three 15-year-old boys enter into the picture to silence her forever," Norton said.
Prosecutors said the three boys were charged in juvenile court.
"Who could have possibly convinced her to do something like this? Because it's just way off base for her," Stribling said.
Breanna's mother describes her daughter as a typical teenager with some problems.
"A lot of people who know her and know my family, know all the problems and dealings that go along with her. But it doesn't take away... She was a free-spirited girl... Everybody liked her," the mother said.
"I don't think that any of these six people were from East Cleveland, but they came here and lured the girl here to ultimately have it to be her last day on earth," Norton said.
The indictment states that Doss ordered Newell to kill the Cleveland teenager. Both men are being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail, each on $1 million bond.