by: Mike Petchenik Updated:NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. —
The mother of an Art Institute of Atlanta student killed last week in Sandy Springs is pleading for her son’s accused killer to turn himself in.
Tekeenen Williams died Thursday after police say Patricko Davis shot him in the parking lot of a student housing complex on Barfield Road at Hammond Drive.
“I lost a big part of me,” Monique Williams told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik from her home in North Carolina. “In my eyes, he’s always my baby.”
Williams said “Keeno,” as his friends called him, was studying music production at AIA and had been in Atlanta about 18 months.
“He was always smiling, happy go lucky, but he was always trying to give people positive energy,” she said. “He would always tell people: ‘You gotta stay prayed up, always have faith.’”
Williams described her son as a “mama’s boy,” who even had a tattoo with those words on his chest, the same tattoo the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s showed her again last week to identify her son’s body.
“He (Davis) did some serious damage to my baby to the point where the funeral home said: ‘Do you really want to see this?’ I wanted to see him,” she said.
Williams’ family has started a gofundme.com page to help raise money to offset his funeral expenses.
Meantime, Sandy Springs police said there’s a reward of up to $2,000 through Crime Stoppers Atlanta for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Davis.
“He needs to turn himself in and do the right thing,” said Williams.