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Augusta — Authorities said a 19-year-old employee of a conference center, who was working at a birthday party for a grandchild of the late singer James Brown, was shot and killed after fighting broke out at the event.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris says about 200 to 300 guests attended the Saturday night party at the Belair Conference Center in Augusta.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that James S. Gillette Jr. of Augusta, died early Sunday after being shot while working at the 16th birthday party for one of Brown’s grandchildren.

An autopsy found that Gillette died from a gunshot wound to his abdomen.


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