Savion Dillard
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Alleged gunman in death of Buford High student arrested in Wisconsin

A man wanted in the slaying of a 15-year-old Buford High School student outside a Gwinnett County gas station was arrested Tuesday in Wisconson.

Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of Savion Dillard, who was located in Green Bay by U.S. marshals. The 20-year-old Jonesboro man was identified by Gwinnett County detectives as the gunman in the July 1 shooting.

Branden Gerena was at a Gas Plus on Thompson Mill Road with a friend early that morning, according to police. The teens were standing outside the gas station when they were approached by a man, later identified as Dillard, who opened fire on them. 

Gerena was shot in the head and later died at a local hospital. His friend, also 15, was not hit.

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Detectives believe the teens were selling marijuana, and Dillard and another man, 21-year-old Denzel Wilburn of Buford, went to the gas station with the intent of robbing them. Wilburn was the getaway driver, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Wilbert Rundles said. 

Denzel Wilburn
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

“Dillard is believed to have shot the victim, while Wilburn drove the vehicle and received proceeds of the robbery and murder,” he said in a news release.

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Wilburn was arrested within two days of the deadly shooting and remains in custody at the Gwinnett County Jail. He is being held on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor.

Dillard faces charges of felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He does not have any additional charges in Wisconsin and is expected to be extradited back to Georgia, police said. 

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