Banks remained at large for nearly a week before turning himself in to police at his mother's behest. She had spotted him in surveillance footage from the Virginia Avenue Waffle House, where the teen had met Simms an hour before the murder. Banks had ditched Simms' car but later admitted to police he had stolen it.
Simms was a stalwart volunteer, serving as president of his homeowners association, board chair of Atlanta Victim Assistance and a slew of other organizations.
He was known as a jazz lover who stood out because of his trademark walrus mustache and sartorial flair.
“He gave his life for this community, ” state Rep. Douglas Dean said at a candlelight vigil following Simms’ death. “When this is all over, we must make our neighborhoods safe. He didn’t move out. He fought to make this community right, making the black, African-American community better. He didn’t run to a better neighborhood. He wanted to be right here.”