Man charged with murder in NW Atlanta apartment shooting

The man was charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting last week that killed 23-year-old Diamond O’Neal and wounded 19-year-old Diari Durham.
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The man was charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting last week that killed 23-year-old Diamond O’Neal and wounded 19-year-old Diari Durham.

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

A man was arrested in Tennessee in connection with a double shooting in northwest Atlanta that left a woman dead and a teenager injured.

Vorquis Williams, 28, was taken into custody Thursday after U.S. marshals tracked him to Chattanooga, according to Atlanta police. He is charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting last week that killed 23-year-old Diamond O’Neal and wounded 19-year-old Diari Durham.

Williams is “an associate of the two victims,” police said in a news release.

On Friday, officers responded to a call at an Exxon gas station at the corner of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and West Lake Avenue regarding a person shot. Durham was found with multiple gunshot wounds at about 2:50 a.m., according to the police report.

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He was in critical condition when he was taken to the hospital, police said. His current condition has not been released.

Durham’s blood trail led officers from the gas station to a nearby apartment on West Lake Avenue, where they discovered a gruesome scene, police said.

An Atlanta police crime scene technician works the scene at the Exxon Food Mart on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard.
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An Atlanta police crime scene technician works the scene at the Exxon Food Mart on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard.

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

“They located the apartment where the blood trail was coming from, made entry into the apartment to clear it, to make sure everything was safe in there. Unfortunately, it wasn’t,” Atlanta police Lt. Daniel Genson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the scene Friday morning.

Inside the apartment, officers found O’Neal dead from multiple gunshot wounds. A baby, who did not appear to be injured, was found and taken to a hospital to be checked for injuries, Genson said. The child is now in state custody, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Vorquis Williams, 28, is being held at the Fulton County Jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
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Vorquis Williams, 28, is being held at the Fulton County Jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

O’Neal’s death marked the 64th homicide for the city in 2021, a 58% increase over this time last year.

Investigators identified Williams as a suspect and took out warrants for his arrest Monday. He was previously in custody in Chattanooga and is now being held at the Fulton County Jail without bond.