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‘Can I please have my daddy back?’ Daughter Writes to Santa After Marine Dad is Shot Dead Before Christmas in His Own Driveway

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office are searching for the person who killed a Paulding County father earlier this month.

According to 11Alive News, the incident happened on December 17 outside a Douglasville home off Warrenton Drive. Joshua Mitchell, 37, was shot dead in his own driveway, and although police received numerous calls from neighbors concerning gunshots, the suspect remains elusive.

As the search continues, Mitchell’s family celebrates his memory. His wife, Nicoele Mitchell, described him as an honorable and loving family man devoted to his three stepdaughters. His youngest stepdaughter, age 7, penned a letter to Santa, hoping for Mitchell to come home for Christmas.

“The fact that it happened before Christmas will always be a conversation of ‘when we lost daddy,'” Nicoele said. “She said ‘I’m good in school, I make good grades, can I please have my daddy back?'”

Nicoele added that Mitchell was an “honorable Marine” and an entrepreneur.

“I’m glad that that morning before he left off to work – we got to say those words to each other,” she added. “So that will forever be in my brain – his kiss and I love you.”

Meanwhile, the search for the killer continues.

The GBI said there is no information at this time to pinpoint a motive and no description yet of the suspect. Anyone with information about the case should contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office or the GBI.

Check back for updates.

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[Featured image: Joshua Miller/Family handout via 11Alive News]