Kids, teens across metro Atlanta among 2021 shooting deaths

Kyra Scott, 14, died after being shot by her 13-year-old brother inside her Douglas County home, according to police.

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Kyra Scott, 14, died after being shot by her 13-year-old brother inside her Douglas County home, according to police.

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Violent crimes continue across metro Atlanta, and more than two dozen children and teenagers were among those killed or injured by gunfire in 2021.

Here is a look at some of metro Atlanta’s youngest shooting victims:

Nov. 30: A 12-year-old boy was shot in the face during a shooting at a Clayton County home, according to police. Investigators believe 35-year-old Arthur Allen Gilliam of Rex killed two women and then shot the boy. Then, Gilliam opened fire on officers, killing Officer Henry Laxson. Another Clayton County officer then killed Gilliam, according to police.

Nov. 27: Kyra Scott, 14, died after being shot inside her Douglas County home, according to police. Investigators believe Kyra’s 13-year-old brother was making guns in the home and selling them. When a man came to buy one, the man tried to rob the boy of the gun, Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds said. The boy fired a shot in an attempt to stop the would-be robber but instead allegedly hit his sister. Kyra attended Chapel Hill High School. Both her brother and the man attempting to buy the gun were charged with murder.

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Khalis Eberthart, a 5-year-old girl, was shot and killed when her 3-year-old sibling found a gun Thanksgiving night at their South Fulton apartment, according to police.

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Khalis Eberthart, a 5-year-old girl, was shot and killed when her 3-year-old sibling found a gun Thanksgiving night at their South Fulton apartment, according to police.

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Khalis Eberthart, a 5-year-old girl, was shot and killed when her 3-year-old sibling found a gun Thanksgiving night at their South Fulton apartment, according to police.

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Nov. 25: A 5-year-old girl was shot and killed when her 3-year-old sibling found a gun Thanksgiving night at their South Fulton apartment. The shooting happened about 7 p.m. at the Garden of Camp Creek Apartments in the 4500 block of Washington Road. The girl was identified as Khalis Eberhart.

Nov. 13: An 8-year-old died after he was shot at a southwest Atlanta apartment complex, police said. Police responded to the complex in the 2000 block of Alison Court around 10:15 p.m., when they found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries, police said. He was identified by his family as Kayden Jones.

Oct. 24: Two teenagers died after shooting each other multiple times inside a car in Forest Park, police said. Forest Park police responded to a shooting call at a gas station in the 700 block of Morrow Road just before 12:30 a.m. They found the two gunshot victims inside a beige Toyota Avalon. The backseat passenger, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released. The front seat passenger, Emonte Gunn, 19, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Landon Andrews attended the homecoming dance a few days before he was killed.

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Landon Andrews attended the homecoming dance a few days before he was killed.

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Landon Andrews attended the homecoming dance a few days before he was killed.

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Oct. 17: Landon Andrews, 14, of Marietta, died after being shot at a home near Woodstock, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said. Landon attended Kell High School in Cobb. A second teenager, 19-year-old Jaden Simmons of Mableton, was shot in the hand and elbow, investigators said. Elijah Alexander Harrison, 17, of Douglasville, was later arrested at his home, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said. Harrison faces seven charges, including six counts of aggravated assault, in connection with the Oct. 17 shooting.

Oct. 9: Two people were shot when gunfire erupted about 10 p.m. in the 3500 block of Sherbrooke Way, located in a subdivision off Hogan Road in southwest Atlanta. An 18-year-old, later identified as Erin Harrison, was killed, according to Atlanta police. The teenager, believed to be the aggressor, was found dead outside the home when police arrived, authorities said. The second gunshot victim, a 35-year-old man, was conscious when he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Aug. 10: An 18-year-old woman was fatally shot at an apartment complex in the heart of Buckhead. Officers responded to the Ashley Gables Buckhead apartments in Buckhead Village around 7:30 p.m., Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer TaSheena Brown said. At the scene, officers found the teenager near a car and suffering from a gunshot wound. Olohiye Ehimiaghe of Stone Mountain was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she died. Hilena Misganaw, 18, was later charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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Tori Lang

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Tori Lang

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Tori Lang

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July 28: The body of 18-year-old Tori Lang was discovered about 6:30 a.m. underneath a tree at Yellow River Park near Stone Mountain, according to Gwinnett County police. Lang, a 2020 Stephenson High School graduate, had been shot to death, police said. Less than a week later, Lang’s burned-out Nissan Versa was discovered at DeKalb County’s Hidden Acres Nature Preserve, less than 5 miles from where she was killed. No information on a suspect or possible motive was released.

July 26: Two 17-year-olds were shot in the parking lot of a Kroger shopping center after they argued and both reached for guns, Gwinnett County police said.

Around 9:30 p.m., officers were called to investigate the gunfire at the Grayson Commons complex near Grayson Highway and Rosebud Road. Orbit Pough died at the scene and Jaiden Williams was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, Gwinnett police said.

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Jakari Dillard, shown as an eighth grader, would have been a senior in high school. He was shot to death at an Atlanta swimming pool.

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Jakari Dillard, shown as an eighth grader, would have been a senior in high school. He was shot to death at an Atlanta swimming pool.

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Jakari Dillard, shown as an eighth grader, would have been a senior in high school. He was shot to death at an Atlanta swimming pool.

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July 24: Investigators were called to Anderson Pool on Anderson Avenue around 6:40 p.m. on a report of a person shot, Atlanta police said. At the pool, officers found 17-year-old Jakari Dillard with a gunshot wound. The boy was taken to the hospital but died from his injuries, according to police. The following day, officials announced that all City of Atlanta pools had been closed. Investigators secured a warrant for the alleged shooter, but the suspect was not in custody days after the incident.

July 9: An 18-year-old was shot shortly before 6 p.m. after arranging to purchase a handgun near Swamp Creek at Fayetteville Road and Fieldgreen Drive, Clayton County police spokeswoman Officer Aubriel Stroud said. A friend of the victim, whose name was not released, drove him to the 8000 block of Tara Boulevard, where police were called. The teen was taken to a hospital but died of his injuries, police said.

July 3: A 14-year-old boy was killed and two other teens were injured after a massive brawl ended in gunfire in Atlanta, authorities said. Nearly 50 teenagers were present when the melee broke out in the 600 block of McAfee Street, Atlanta police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton told reporters at the scene.

June 22: One 16-year-old boy was killed and another was charged after a shooting near a DeKalb County Walmart. The shooting was reported about 9:20 p.m. on West Fairington Parkway off Panola Road, in a residential area behind the Walmart shopping center that houses several apartment complexes. Officers responded and found the 16-year-old suffering from a single gunshot wound, according to DeKalb police. The names of the victim and suspect were not released.

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Calvin Jackson was a junior at Atlanta's Grady Memorial High School, according to a GoFundMe page.

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Calvin Jackson was a junior at Atlanta's Grady Memorial High School, according to a GoFundMe page.

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Calvin Jackson was a junior at Atlanta's Grady Memorial High School, according to a GoFundMe page.

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May 29: Calvin Jackson Jr., 17, was shot and killed on Parkway Drive in Atlanta. Jackson was shot in his own bedroom, according to his family and police. Jamarion Ivory, 18, was charged in his murder.

May 10: Christopher White, 18, was killed after someone opened fire on his sedan and he crashed into the side of a Clayton County mobile home. White was a manager at Slutty Vegan, the popular plant-based Atlanta burger spot owned by Pinky Cole.

May 7: Fayette County investigators said it started as a water gun battle at Kenwood Park. But it was a real gun that killed Daquan Rueben Gillett, police said. Gillett, 18, of Riverdale, is survived by a twin brother, according to a GoFundMe page created by one of his sisters. Sean Allen, 20, who lives in Jonesboro, was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the case.

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Diamond Johnson.

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Diamond Johnson.

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Diamond Johnson.

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May 1: Diamond Johnson, 15, was shot and killed on Glenwood Avenue in Atlanta. Johnson was shot near a busy shopping center across the street from Maynard Jackson High School, where she was a student. Elizabeth Parham was later charged with her murder. On Oct. 18, Tariq Grier was also arrested and charged in the case, police said. Grier, 18, was charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to police.

April 17: Valeria Ramos, 11, was found shot to death inside a car at Gwinnett County’s Bethesda Park. Investigators believe her father, 45-year-old Ignacio Ramos, killed her and then himself.

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Candace Chrzan, a Mount Zion High School student, was shot and killed while with friends in the backyard of a home, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

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Candace Chrzan, a Mount Zion High School student, was shot and killed while with friends in the backyard of a home, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

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Candace Chrzan, a Mount Zion High School student, was shot and killed while with friends in the backyard of a home, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

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March 30: Candace LeShae Chrzan was shot to death while hanging out with three friends in a Carroll County backyard, according to investigators. The teenagers had been target practicing when the 17-year-old was shot in the head. Jeremy Matthew Gray, 17, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18. A second teen, Samuel Blake Grier, 18, was also arrested after threatening to kill Gray in a video posted on social media, investigators said.

March 26: Atif Muhammad, 16, and his 39-year-old mother, Mary Lindsay, were shot and killed inside a Gwinnett County home. William Jerome Adams, 24, was arrested days later near the Mexican border and was charged with murder, police said.

Feb. 14: Cashyon Mathis, 8, was shot to death inside a Cobb County home, according to police. The suspected gunman, 27-year-old Jermery Mathis, was the boy’s uncle. Mathis also killed his brother, 31-year-old Dreyon Mathis, before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Feb. 9: David Mack, 12, was shot and killed on Shirley Street. David’s body was found along a creek bed between Shirley Drive and the John A. White Golf Course, not far from his home. He had been shot repeatedly. No arrests have been made in the case.