Mother: ‘Double-crossed’ son was targeted in fatal DeKalb motel shooting

The mother of a 22-year-old man shot and killed at a DeKalb County motel believes he was targeted for something he witnessed.

Valerie O’Geese told Channel 2 Action News she just knew something horrible happened to her son, Jonathan O’Geese, when she overheard his brother on a phone call. 

“I knew ... my son is dead,” she said.

The mother and grandmother was overcome with emotion as she talked about finding out what happened early Tuesday.

Jonathan O’Geese was shot multiple times inside a room at the Glen Royal Inn and Suites on Glenwood Road, according to a DeKalb County police report. He stumbled out of the door and collapsed outside the room, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

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“They were firing at him from the room,” DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. 

Valerie O’Geese believes he was running for his life.

“Something happened when he entered that room,” she told Channel 2.

Now, police are looking for the man who booked the motel room and chasing down leads that might help them determine why the 22-year-old father was there. 

O’Geese said her son wasn’t perfect, but he was loyal. And that loyalty may have gotten him killed.

“A person he trusted, he was loyal to, double-crossed him,” she said.

Campbell said it’s possible O’Geese was killed because he saw something, but she said that’s not the only lead police are investigating.

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