Murder victim's family celebrates after verdict reached in cold case

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MARIETTA, Ga. —

A guilty verdict prompted a street celebration in Marietta Friday afternoon. The case involves the murder of Samuel Dray Stewart.

Jurors deliberated only a few hours before finding Dequontis Lucas guilty of shooting the 16-year-old during a random robbery.

Hours after the verdict, there was a street party of sorts. It was a half-celebration, half-prayer session that took place on Allgood Road, near where "Dra" lost his life more than five years ago.

“Today is a good day. It is a good day,” said Stewart’s mother, Cordelia Gober.

Gober kept a memorial at the sight and kept the attention on Dra's case years after the death.

It was another shooting case in DeKalb County three years later that eventually linked Lucas to the murder.

“I'm glad he’s fixing to do whatever he's going to do after sentencing, but I'm sad because Dra's not here. So its bittersweet,” Gober said.

“I'm glad we all stuck it through its been a hard five years, I'm glad everybody who prayed, thank you,” said Stewart’s brother, Frank Sanders.