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AJC: Suspects seeking $10K ransom for abducted teen

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Updated: 9/17/2013 6:42 pm
ELLENWOOD, Ga. -- As law enforcement agencies all around Georgia search for 14-year-old kidnapping victim Ayvani Perez, one of her best friends is praying for her safe return.

"I want to tell her that I love her," said Perez's friend and classmate Ariana Soeun. "I hope that she comes home because she knows everybody misses her."

A Levi’s Call alert has been posted for Perez, who authorities said was abducted from her family’s Ellenwood home Tuesday about 2 a.m.

Police released sketches of the two armed men they believe took her during the home invasion on Brookgate Drive. Police said the mother tried to hide her two children, but the suspects found the family, along with the family’s dog, and demanded money and jewelry.

The FBI told our news partners at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the suspects are demanding a $10,000 ransom for Perez's safe return.

A friend of Perez told Channel 2's Richard Elliot she's praying for the teen's safe return.

Channel 2 Action News has a team of reporters speaking with law enforcement about every possible lead in this case.

Despite the fact that she lives in Clayton County, Henry County School officials confirmed Perez is enrolled at Stockbridge High School. Officials also confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that police detectives visited the school Tuesday morning hoping to find some information that might help them locate Perez.

Soeun said she and Perez have been friends for years, and just graduated middle school together. She described her friend as a typical teenager who likes to talk a lot and get together to do each other's hair and makeup.

"She was a sweet girl," said Soeun's grandmother Doris Kinsey. "She came over to our house during prom season, and her and Ariana got dressed for the prom. We took pictures. She seemed like a very sweet girl."

Other Stockbridge students described school Tuesday as anxious, tense and emotional for many of Perez's friends.

"I saw people coming out of the counselor's office crying," said classmate Brittany Draughton.

"I've seen a lot of people crying and depressed," said classmate Shareena Grenan. "Sad like."

Draughton and Grenan said students were taking to social media sites like Instagram to spread the word about their missing friend.
Soeun said she had to leave school Tuesday because she couldn't handle her emotions any longer. She just hopes to see her friend again very soon.

"Just pray for her that she'll be OK and hope nothing's going to happen to her," said Soeun.


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c9bcrewman - 9/17/2013 5:03 PM
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it is a total shame. the whole story has to come out. hope she is safe.

angels072258 - 9/17/2013 10:10 AM
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Was she there by herself, where are her parents? I will pray they find her and find her well.
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