Understanding mental state of 15-year-old accused of shooting & killing 16-year-old girl

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WBFF) -- In the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve, police say 15-year-old Shawn Crizer was burglarizing homes. The last crime Crizer allegedly committed was a murder-suicide in Howard County.

As police collect evidence, they hope to find clues to explain why Crizer shot and killed a fellow classmate, Charlotte Zaremba in her Ellicott City bedroom on New Year's Day.

Therapist Desyree Dixon believes the teen suspect suffered from depression. Dixon says just as important as determining Crizer’s motive is understanding the teen’s mental state.

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