Juvenile charged with murdering student near Tri-Cities High

A juvenile was arrested in the death of Tri-Cities High School student Mario Bailey.

Credit: GoFundMe

Credit: GoFundMe

A juvenile was arrested in the death of Tri-Cities High School student Mario Bailey.

An arrest has been made in a shooting earlier this month that killed a teenager near Tri-Cities High School in East Point, police announced Tuesday.

The suspect, who was not publicly identified because he is a juvenile, is facing a murder charge in the death of 15-year-old Mario Bailey, police said. Bailey, who was a 10th grader at Tri-Cities, was shot Feb. 9 at a nearby railroad track off campus.

On the same night, another teenager was stabbed in the school’s parking lot following a basketball game between Tri-Cities and Banneker.

Bailey had left the game moments prior to being shot, police spokesman Cpl. Iscah Njoku said. The shooting stemmed from a dispute between Bailey and the suspect, he added.

Fulton County Schools Police, who are investigating the stabbing, did not provide information on what led to that incident. On Thursday, district spokesman Brian Noyes said the victim, who was also a Tri-Cities student, was stable.

No arrest has been made in the stabbing, but Noyes said the district’s police department is pursuing multiple leads.

The East Point Police Department would like to inform the community that we have made an arrest and charged a juvenile...

Posted by East Point Police Department on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

“When events such as this happen, youth react in different ways,” Dr. Ethel Lett, principal of Tri-Cities, wrote in a letter to parents soon after the incident. “You may see your child feeling sad, upset, angry, shocked, numb or unsafe.”

Bailey was a hard worker and only child who had a part-time job while in school, according to a GoFundMe page organized by his family to help pay for his funeral and other expenses.

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