Remembering Brianna Long: Promising Student and Sports Star Lost to Tragic Shooting

Tragedy Strikes Valdosta as Former High School Star Brianna Long Falls Victim to Gunfight

In a heartbreaking incident, a former high school soccer star, Brianna Long, lost her life in a hail of gunfire at the Pier Bar in Valdosta, Georgia, where she worked.

The tragic incident occurred when a gunfight erupted outside the bar as it was closing, leaving bystanders in a state of terror.

Promising Future Cut Short

Brianna Long, aged 21, was not just any ordinary young woman. She was a dedicated dental student and a former cheerleader who had dreams of becoming a children’s dentist.

Her life was tragically cut short when she was hit by a stray bullet during the chaotic incident outside the Pier Bar at 2:30 AM on a fateful Sunday.

A Beloved Niece and Friend

Mourning her tragic loss, Brianna’s aunt, Morgan Long, shared the deep connection she had with her niece. “She was like my person, she was like my other half,” she said.

“She was charismatic, funny, everything. She was just so beautiful.”

Morgan continued to describe Brianna’s exceptional character: “There was not one person that she didn’t give an opportunity to love or encourage or be their friend.”

A Bright Star in High School

Brianna Long’s journey to this tragic moment was marked by her excellence and achievements. She was a star player at Paulding County High School, located outside Atlanta.

Notably, she was selected as a regional winner in the Positive Athlete Georgia competition, triumphing over more than 5,000 other entrants.

A Radiant Soul

Brianna’s uncle, Kevin Long, spoke fondly of her: “There was not a fun time that we did not have with Brianna. She was always making everyone smile.”

He shared her impressive background, which included not only soccer but also cheerleading and lifeguarding.

A Heartbreaking Loss

Brianna Long leaves behind two brothers, her parents, and all four grandparents. Her funeral is scheduled for the coming Saturday, and her former high school plans to host a celebration of her life on Sunday.

The Pier Bar, where the tragic incident took place, expressed its grief on Instagram, describing Brianna’s kindness and love that touched everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

Investigation Ongoing

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is actively pursuing the case. According to initial reports, the shooting was a result of an altercation that happened outside The Pier.

It occurred as Brianna and other employees were closing the bar, with Long being struck while completing her work.

The shooting caused significant chaos, with multiple vehicles in the bar’s parking area also sustaining damage. As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with this tragic incident.

A Troubling Pattern

The incident highlights ongoing concerns about safety in Valdosta, a city that ranks in the top 25 percent for crime in the United States.

The Remerton district, where the Pier Bar is located, is known for being among the most dangerous areas in the city. Eboni Tomblin, a customer at the bar, expressed her concerns about the location and its history of violence.

Seeking Answers in a Heartbreaking Loss

The tragic death of Brianna Long serves as a reminder of the impact of senseless violence on promising lives.

Her family, friends, and the Valdosta community mourn the loss of a young woman who had so much to offer.

As the investigation continues, the hope for justice remains while the memory of Brianna lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

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