Bishop Wiley Jackson, the pastor of Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral and Jerrick Jackson’s older brother, issued an email statement Friday while traveling, praising police for the arrest.
“I’m happy that a suspect has been apprehended for the senseless murder of my baby brother,” Wiley Jackson said. “I would like to thank the Atlanta Police Department for their tireless efforts to bring those involved to justice.”
Jerrick Jackson and his fiancee were returning home around 1 a.m. when they encountered a group of men who forced the couple into the house at gunpoint, police said.
Authorities believe Pitts, 18, and Lewis were two of the men involved in the robbery and shooting.
“We are aware of the identities of the other subjects, and we will find and arrest them in the very near future,” said Gavin Duffy, a supervisory inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service.
Pitts is due back in Fulton County court Aug. 16. Lewis is expected to make his first court appearance Saturday morning.