Demetrius Collins was found dead around 4 p.m. in a home on Alder Lane near the MARTA station in Atlanta's Oakland City neighborhood.

THE LATEST: Man found dead in Atlanta home may have been shot days ago, police say

A man found shot to death inside a southwest Atlanta home Saturday afternoon may have been dead three days, police said.

Officers responded to a person down call at a house in the 1500 block of Alder Lane about 4 p.m., Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said. 

There, they found a man, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as 37-year-old Demetris Malone, dead of multiple gunshot wounds. 

“It does appear that the victim has been inside of the location for approximately two to three days,” Daugherty said. “Homicide investigators have responded to the location and are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.”


Detectives at the scene told Channel 2 Action News that the owner of the home asked a friend to check on the house. When that person went inside, they discovered the body and called 911. 

Police have not publicly named any suspects in the fatal shooting. 

Friends of the victim told the news station Malone was a father of two young children. 

Jasmine Davis, his ex-girlfriend, said she found out Malone was killed after receiving texts and a phone call from one of her friends. 

"He was a nice guy. He was a good parent to his kids," Davis said. "It's shocking. It's crazy."

Others described Malone as a great guy who went out of his way to look after those he cared about.

"He was a really good person,” his friend Shea Miller told the news station. “It's going to hurt a lot of people."

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to contact Atlanta police. 

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