Inmate Kills Young Aramark Employee in Smith State Prison Kitchen

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Written By Angela Angela






An inmate shot and killed a 24-year-old woman working in the prison’s kitchen before taking his own life.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning at Smith State Prison in southeast Georgia.

Jaydrekus Hart shot Aureon Shavea Grace, a food service worker, around 4:30 am in the prison kitchen. Grace worked for the food service company Aramark.

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating the incident. The weapon is now with the GDC, and they are looking into how the tragedy happened. Special agents are helping out at the prison.

Hart was serving a 20-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter in Carroll County and was due to be released by June 2043. It’s unclear how he got the gun. More information will be shared when available.

Debbie Albert, an Aramark spokesperson, expressed sorrow over Grace’s death, calling it a tragedy. The company is helping with the investigation.

Friends and family described Grace as kind-hearted with a beautiful smile. They shared memories and expressed their grief on an obituary page.

One colleague wrote, “It was a pleasure working with you, especially your laughter. We both loved to eat. Praying for your family and your babies. You will be truly missed.”

Another person wrote, “Sending prayers and love to the family, especially her kids. She was a really sweet young lady, close friends with my daughter. We will really miss her. We love you.”

“Your spirit and vibe were everything, Grace. So kind-hearted, you did not deserve this,” posted another.

This is the second fatal incident at Smith State Prison in less than a year. In October, a correctional officer, Robert Clark, was killed. He was escorting two offenders when one attacked him with a homemade weapon. Another offender tried to help Clark and was also assaulted. Clark, 42, was taken to the hospital but died from his injuries.

GDC Commissioner Tyrone Oliver expressed condolences to Clark’s family and friends, stating that the entire GDC team mourns his loss.

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