At least 33 Georgia teens and children lost to gun violence this year

(ATLANTA, Ga.) — A 16-year-old Atlanta girl who was shot to death at an unauthorized graduation party at Benjamin E. Mays High School over Memorial Day weekend is one of at least 33 Georgia teens and children who have been lost to gun violence this year.

Bre’Asia Powell was killed Saturday night. A 16-year-old boy later showed up to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

The youngest victim was just two years old.

WSB Radio’s sister station Channel 2 Action News WSB-TV, has spoken to the families of multiple victims in metro Atlanta. All are now grappling with the unimaginable loss of a child. Many parents have said that gun violence needs to stop.

Here are just some of their stories:

May 27

A 16-year-old girl was one of two teens shot outside Benjamin E Mays High School in southwest Atlanta just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Bre’Asia Powell was killed and a 16-year-old boy was injured. According to the investigation, the incident stemmed from a confrontation at a graduation party earlier that night.

A 17-year-old boy was shot to death in LaGrange around 12:30 a.m. over Memorial Day weekend. He has been identified as Monatvious Gunn, according to WTVM. A 16-year-old was taken into custody.

May 22

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed and another man was critically injured in a shooting around 11 p.m. Monday night outside of an Atlanta business. The victim’s grandmother identified him as Dominque McKibbins, who just turned 18 years old.

“A sweet, kind-hearted person,” Joann McKibbins. “His heart is so pure, that’s all I know about my grandson.”

A 14-year-old boy walking down the street with his bookbag was shot and killed after school in Columbus, according to WTVM. A witness said Jayden Tate tried to run to safety but collapsed. A good Samaritan picked him up and took him to a nearby fire station, where he died.

A 16-year-old boy was found shot to death on the sidewalk in Bibb County. His mother identified him to Macon.com as Derrick Putmon. Police are still working to determine who shot him.

May 20

A 17-year-old boy shot in Washington Park died nine days later. Devon Mitchell was wounded outside the Washington Park Natatorium on May 11. He was one of four children. His killer has not been caught.

May 16

Caleb Desmond Thomas, 19, was shot to death in Bartow County. Two teens, 19-year-old Dayton Owen and 15-year-old Drysten Owen, of Smyrna, were taken into custody on murder charges.

April 30

A 16-year-old boy was shot to death on a MARTA platform in East Point. Jaylan Major was in tenth grade and was on his way to work at a restaurant at Atlanta’s airport when he was killed.

Two other teens have been charged in his death. A 15-year-old boy has been charged with possession of a handgun by a person under the age of 18 and voluntary manslaughter.

An 18-year-old has been charged with simple battery and involuntary manslaughter. The shooters have been identified because they are juveniles.

April 17

A 19-year-old man was shot and killed at an apartment in Statesboro, according to WTOC.com. Camera Anderson was shot around 7:45 p.m. at Cambridge at the Pines apartments. It was the fifth shooting at the complex in a week.

April 16

A 17-year-old girl from Bulloch County was shot and killed after a handgun went off while a man was trying to teach her how to use it. Kelsey McDuffie was able to save several lives through organ donation. It’s unclear if the man who was holding the gun at the time of the accident, Adan Keelin, will face any charges.

April 8

A 15-year-old boy was shot to death after a car drove by his home and fired bullets inside, according to the Macon Telegraph. Ozias Gore was taken to the hospital, where he died.

April 7

An 18-year-old Fayette County man was shot to death by his girlfriend’s brother after the two got into a fight. Jeremiah McCrae was from Newnan.

Investigators said McCrae had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend’s brother. That’s when deputies said he went and got an AR-15-style weapon to confront the brother.

Deputies said the brother had his own gun and shot McCrae. The Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the shooter at this point.

March 20:

A man is accused of shooting a 19-year-old to death in Augusta, deputies said.

On Sunday, around 1:20 a.m., Richmond County deputies were called to the McDonald’s on Peach Orchard Road in reference to a shooting. When deputies arrived, they found a teen, later identified as Da’Quantavious Proctor,19, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Later that day, deputies found and arrested Xavier Hatcher, 23, for the murder of Proctor.

He’s facing charges of aggravated assault, murder, possession of a firearm or knife during a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

March 14

11-year-old Asijah Love Jones was shot and killed when a stray bullet intended for someone else flew through her bedroom window, deputies said. Kionta Jahuan Parks, 21, was arrested a month later and charged with murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, terroristic threats and acts, as well as numerous violations of Georgia’s Street Gang and Terrorism Act.

March 9

A 16-year-old boy was one of two people shot and shot and killed outside of a home in Dekalb County. The other victim was 22 years old. Neither victim has been identified.

March 8:

An 18-year-old was shot in Savannah and died days later, according to WSAV-TV. Savannah police responded to reports of a shooting on March 5 on East 55th Street. Nazentea Phillips died on March 8. So far, no one has been charged.

A 17-year-old boy was shot to death in Morgan, Georgia in Madison County, according to the Morgan County Citizen. Police identified the victim as Kingsly Gibbs. A second teen, 17-year-old Imunn Sanford, was also shot and taken to the hospital in critical condition. It’s unclear what lead to the shooting or if anyone has been taken into custody.

March 6:

A 10-year-old boy was shot to death in his own bed on Monday morning after someone opened fire on his home as he slept, according to WMAZ. Sheriff Bill Massee identified him as Damarion Byrd. Felony murder warrants were obtained for 39-year-old Rodracius Demaris Stephens of Milledgeville. He was arrested and taken to jail.

March 4:

A 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were shot and killed when someone opened fire outside of a “Sweet 16″ birthday party in Douglasville. Ajanaye Hill and Samuel Moon were both running from the scene when they were killed.

On the same day in Troup County, a 16-year-old boy was shot to death outside of a LaGrange skate park. Nasir Truitt suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the hospital. According to police, motive appears to be an argument between two groups of people, leading to multiple shots being fired.

Family members say Truitt was a good kid and are still trying to wrap their minds around why another teen would kill him.

“As you can imagine, my family and I are beyond devastated and have more questions than answers. Of which no question or answer will bring Nasir back,” the teen’s cousin Yormica Truitt-Jordan wrote in social media posts.

“He was a good kid. He never bothered anyone. This all seems so surreal and I’m not exactly sure how things with me or my family will go back to ‘normal’.”

March 2:

A 15-year-old boy was shot to death while he attempted to rob a home in Hawkinsville, police said. A person inside shot the teen, who has not been identified.

March 1

A 2-year-old girl died after she was shot by another child with a pellet gun in Habersham County. The child was identified as Jaylea Hutchinson, 2. Deputies said the shooting appeared to be a tragic accident. It’s unclear if anyone is facing charges.

A 16-year-old boy was shot to death behind an abandoned home in Gwinnett County. Police said the family of Jose Daniel Martinez reported the teen missing Wednesday morning. He was found shot to death at a home on Paden Mill Trail that afternoon. Homicide detectives canvassed the area and were able to develop leads that lead to the arrest of Dennis Calzadilla, 20, of Lilburn in connection to Martinez’s death.

Feb. 23:

Keymarion Manor, 19, was shot to death in Macon on Feb. 23, according to the Macon Telegraph. He had been charged in connection to a 2020 murder and was awaiting trial.

Feb. 21:

A 15-year-old girl was shot to death in her bed in Peachtree City. Police said Madison Gesswein’s body was found by her mother. Three teens have been arrested in connection to her death. Justus Smith, Jacobean Brown and Yeshua Mathis have all been arrested and charged with murder. Brown’s father was found dead of a gunshot wound just days earlier.

Feb. 18:

A 19-year-old man was killed along with his mother and father at a motel in Columbus. Michael Carter, Jr. and his father, Michael Carter, Sr., both were pronounced dead at the scene. Tonya Carter, 50, died days later. Police told WTVM that the Carters were married for decades and Michael Carter Jr. was their son. A 4-year-old boy who was identified as their grandson was also injured in the shooting.

Feb. 14

A 13-year-old boy was shot to death in front of his father outside a home in Norcross. Family members told WSB-TV that Jaeden Travis was being harassed by a group of teens that showed up to his house that day. He ran outside to confront them with a pellet gun and was shot to death, police said. No one has been charged with murder in Travis’ death.

Feb. 2:

An 18-year-old man was shot to death during a home invasion in Baldwin County. Syee Devon Havior was shot multiple times and died at the hospital. According to investigators, multiple people went to Havior’s home just after midnight, and one opened fire when they arrived. It is unclear if Havior knew the people who came to the home.

Feb. 1:

A 17-year-old boy was killed in northwest Atlanta after an argument. Police have not identified that teen. A 19-year-old was also injured in the shooting but survived.

Jan. 28:

A 13-year-old girl who lived in Jefferson County was pronounced dead days after she was shot in her grandparent’s home, according to WJBF. A’Rhianna Moye was shot in the neck at a home in Louisville on Jan. 12. Her 17-year-old brother, Anthony Maurice Mincey, was charged with 2nd degree cruelty to children, reckless conduct, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by someone under 18 and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Jan 21:

A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed outside of a popular skating rink. Police said Deshon DuBose was shot outside Cascade Family Skating. Atlanta police later released surveillance video of the people they believe may know what happened to DuBose.

Jan. 10

A 15-year-old boy was shot to death in Macon on Jan. 10, according to the Macon Telegraph. Officers arrested 57-year-old Algie Bryant and charged him with murder.

Jan. 9:

An 18-year-old boy was shot as he walked out of a gas station in DeKalb County. The teen’s mother says her son, Akhir Muhammad, was killed in an attempted robbery. She said her son worked in valet parking, but was studying to become a general electrician.





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