Jamal’s twin, Jamel Kerns, had the same reaction. He told the AJC he’s been saddened by the thought that he might have walked past the teen’s body hours before it was found.
The brothers said they were out the night before at a hookah bar and figured the 18-year-old was at home asleep. They said they came in at 3 or 4 a.m. and didn’t see their cousin in the darkened driveway.
It isn’t yet clear if he indeed was already there, but a neighbor told police he’d heard five gunshots at 10:30 or 11 p.m. the night before, the report said.
The twins and Keschon Kerns lived at the house with their grandfather. The victim’s mother died a year and a half ago from kidney failure.
The 18-year-old, who is survived by a twin sister, stayed busy with school, lacrosse and shifts at Tokyo Express. Jamal and Jamel Kerns were trying to talk him into playing football next year at Southwest DeKalb, his senior year, and encouraging him to apply for college afterward.
Now they’re searching their minds for why he’d fall victim to such violence.
“From what I’m hearing, from his school’s perspective, and from my perspective, he was a pretty popular person,” Jamel Kerns said.
Police haven’t said if they have a possible motive or any suspects. Asked Tuesday morning, a spokeswoman simply said the investigation was ongoing.
In other news:
At least two neighborhoods have reported identical suspicious behavior.