Suspect in Johns Creek High School student’s death surrenders

Credit: AJC File

Credit: AJC File

A 25-year-old man who police said is linked to the death of a Johns Creek High School student has turned himself in, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Shawn Mark Anthony Saleem of Duluth surrendered to Johns Creek police Tuesday after he was charged with concealing the death of another and contributing to the delinquency of minors, jail records show. Saleem, who police said goes by the nickname “Black Jesus,” was charged in connection with the death of 16-year-old Carly Brooke Jackson, police said in a news release.

Authorities have not shared additional details about the circumstances that led to Saleem being charged.

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Jackson, a junior at Johns Creek High School who was a member of the basketball cheer squad, was found unresponsive by a friend the morning of Feb. 14. The friend, who was not identified by officials because she is also a minor, called for help within minutes of finding Jackson, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Officers responded to Jackson’s location, a home in a gated community called Johns Creek Walk, just before 9 a.m. The report indicates that Jackson was last known to be safe about 2 a.m.

Police have not shared any other information around the circumstances of Jackson’s death or what caused her to die.

Jackson was laid to rest at a graveside funeral service Friday.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Corporal Russell at 678-474-1591 or via email at and reference Case# 2021-000533.