7 months later, 17-year-old surrenders in Clayton County student’s death

7 months later, 17-year-old surrenders in Clayton County student’s death

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Teletha Walker grieves the death of her son, an 11th-grader at Charles Drew High School in Clayton County.

The second suspect accused of killing a Clayton County high school student surrendered Wednesday after eluding police for more than seven months, Sheriff Victor Hill said. 

Demarco Anthony Reid, 17, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and gang involvement in the death of Cedric Lamar Clark, a Charles Drew High School student. Clark, also 17, played football but dreamed of playing baseball in college, his brother said. 

On Nov. 1, Clark left his Riverdale home with a friend, and the two planned to walk to a convenience store for soft drinks, according to Anthony Lewis, Clark’s brother. It was the last time the boy’s family saw him alive. 

Lewis and others searched for hours for Clark, who was found around 5 a.m. the next day in a backyard about a mile from his home. Cedric’s hands appeared to have been holding his stomach and he wasn’t wearing shoes, Lewis said. 

Days after Clark’s death, 16-year-old Stanley Dixon was arrested and charged with murder. Dixon and Clark were classmates, according to police. Late Wednesday, both Dixon and Reid were being held without bond in the Clayton County jail. 

Clark, a junior, was remembered for his compassion and loyalty to his friends and family, his brother said. 

“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.”

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

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