Crime

Man Turns Son In To Police For Shooting Classmate

| by Michael Howard

A Georgia man has turned his teenage son in to police for allegedly shooting and killing a classmate.

The body of Cedric Clark, 17, was found near his high school on the morning of Nov. 2, according to WXIA. He had been shot while walking home with a friend the previous night.

Not long after the body was discovered, Clayton County police identified a 16-year-old boy as the suspect in Cedric's murder. The suspect's father, who is a convicted drug dealer and thief, is the one who turned his son in.

The suspect was reportedly with his father on the night of the shooting.

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"[The Suspect's father] did the right thing and brought in his son ... turning him over to Clayton County authorities," a sheriff's spokesperson said.

The day before Cedric's murder, the suspect and another 16-year-old classmate got into a physical altercation. They agreed to fight after school, but the fight didn't end up happening.

That evening, Cedric was accompanying that 16-year-old as he walked down the street. That's when the suspect reportedly appeared with a gun, firing multiple shots and hitting Cedric, who ran into the backyard of a nearby home where he died.

Cedric's body was found by the homeowner the following morning.

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The suspected shooter was arrested and put in jail after an interview with investigators that afternoon. Police have said that the teens all appear to have "some sort of gang affiliation."

Ashley Jackson, a man who lives in the neighborhood, said he wasn't necessarily surprised when he learned of the incident.

"I really wasn't that shocked about it," he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "A lot of this has to do with a lot of these young kids have no direction or structure. That’s why there’s all the gang violence. There’s not much for kids to do around here."

Jackson had advice for other teens living in or around the community.

"While it’s not happening in our schools, it’s in the community," he said. "The children are the ones we’re most concerned about. We have to make them aware. It may not be you, but if you are aware of things going on in the community, tell someone."

Cedric's older brother, Anthony Lewis, described him as honest and dependable.

"He was the one that talked sense into people," Lewis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution​. "And he was only 17. When he said he was going to do something for you, he did it."

Lewis then recalled a deal the two of them had struck in 2013.

"We promised each other we'd never leave each other," he said.

Sources: WXIA, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Photo credit: Cedric Clark family via WXIA

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