Homicide detectives opened an investigation into the fatal shooting, police said. But nearly two months elapsed before the two teenage suspects were taken into custody on Aug. 31. Both face felony counts of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm by a person under 18, according to court records.
Police did not provide further details about the circumstances around the incident, and the motive for the shooting was not released.
Grove Adams Park, formerly known as Vesta Adams Park, is one of the persistently dangerous apartment complexes identified in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Dangerous Dwellings investigation. The complex has also been identified by the Atlanta and Fulton County governments as a “problem property” on their list of apartments known for chronic code violations and crime.
The complex was renovated in 2019 and sold in 2022, a year in which a 21-year-old man was shot and killed there.
In an interview with Channel 2 Action News, Homer’s sister, Taqueria Barber, said the 24-year-old was concerned with the level of violence at his new apartment complex. Homer had recently moved to the Grove Adams Park apartments from Fairburn after graduating from Atlanta Technical College, Barber told the news station.
“Fourth of July will never be the same, let’s just say that,” Barber said. “You hear about this a lot, but never in a million years would you think it will happen to your people. It hits different.”
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