13-year-old boy shot, killed in parking lot of southwest Atlanta skating rink identified

According to police, a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday night in the parking lot of a southwest Atlanta skating rink.

Around 11:24 p.m., officers responded to the parking lot for Cascade Family Skating, located near 3351 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW in reference to a shooting.

Officers told our partners at Channel 2 Action News when they arrived they located the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiners Office as 13-year-old Deshon DuBose was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Information on a suspect has not been released at this time.

Atlanta City Council Member Andrea Boone released a statement about DuBose’s:

“This is a somber time for our community as a young boy’s life was tragically cut short. This type of violence is especially abnormal for this area. The skating rink has in many ways been a safe haven for families. It has been that way for decades because Cascade Family Skating and the Alexander family have poured love and care into this treasure of Southwest Atlanta. It is a true staple of the Adamsville community and the city of Atlanta. To see this type of violence is deeply disturbing. Any loss of life is felt in our community, but for such a young boy to fall victim to this here, it is very tragic.”

Councilmember Keisha Waites also released a statement and said if they can’t take guns off the streets, at least take the children off of the streets.

“If we can’t take guns off the streets, the least we can do is take our children off the streets,” she said. “If we had an enforced curfew, there is a possibility we could have saved our city’s most recent teenage murder victim.”

Councilmember Keisha Waites proposed a curfew following the November murder of 12-year-old Zyion Charles; as the body count of teenage gun victims rises, Waites continues to push for the City Council to protect the youths. Councilmember Waites says she is optimistic the resolution will make it out of Public Safety Committee on Monday.

“If we can’t take Guns off The Streets, the least we can do is take our children off the streets. As I have said before, this is not a panacea, but it’s something that can help save lives.”





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