Clayton student found shot to death about a mile from his home 

Clayton student found shot to death about a mile from his home 

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Teletha Walker grieves the death of her son, an 11th-grader at Charles Drew High School in Clayton County. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
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  • The body of Cedric Clark, 17, was found by a homeowner in the 5800 block of Eagles Feather Lane.
  • Police are pursuing multiple leads in the case.

For hours, Cedric Clark’s family searched.

Tuesday turned to Wednesday.

There was no sign of the teenager until just before 8 a.m., when a homeowner in the 5800 block of Eagles Feather Lane found the boy’s body in her backyard as she was leaving for work, Clayton County police Deputy Chief Joseph Woodall said Wednesday.

She called police. Clark, a junior at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, had been shot about a mile from his home and weeks before his 18th birthday.

Cedric Clark played football, baseball and basketball, his family said. (Credit: Family photo)

“He was stiff,” Anthony Lewis, Clark’s brother, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “His lips were blue. I seen a little blood on his jaw.”

Anthony Lewis describes finding his brother's body. Video by John Spink/AJC

Little was known about Clark’s final moments and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday afternoon.

But police were pursuing multiple leads, and their investigation prompted school district officials to place nearby Drew on a soft lockdown for the remainder of the school day. During a soft lockdown, all exterior doors are locked, but parents can enter the school with proper identification.

“This is an unfortunate incident,” Clayton County Public Schools spokeswoman Jada Dawkins said. “Our heart goes out to the students, staff and family of the victim.”

What officials do know is that Clark left with a friend about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. When that friend returned without Clark and no answers about his whereabouts, Clark’s family started the hours-long search. The family suspended that search about 5 a.m., then resumed another one a few hours later, Lewis said.

Investigators believe Clark was shot Tuesday night.

“We believe he was on foot in the area,” Woodall said.

Police investigate the death of Cedric Clark, a 17-year-old student at Charles Drew High School. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Lewis had a difficult time accepting that his brother, a member of the ROTC and the high school football, basketball and baseball teams, was gone. Clark, he said, had received an offer to play college baseball. His whole life was ahead of him.

“I just want my brother back,” Lewis said.

Anthony Lewis grieves the death of his brother. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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