12-year-old aspiring judge hit, killed by car just days before his birthday in Douglas County

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — A 12-year-old boy just days from his birthday was hit and killed by a car last week.

The accident happened June 8 around 9:17 p.m. on Thornton Road in Douglasville, according to Douglasville police.

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Police said the boy was trying to cross the road when he was hit by a car. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.

The boy’s mother identified him as Elijah Holmes, who was just 20 days from his 13th birthday when he died.


“EJ was a “gentle giant” standing 5′11 but encompassing every bit of 12-year-old jubilance and energy,” Nadia Holmes wrote on GoFundMe. “He was an active member of the Wallace Park football team in Mableton, GA, and a student at Floyd Middle School.”

Holmes said her son had dreams of being a judge and hoped to get a scholarship to college by playing football.

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“As he approached his upcoming 8th-grade school year, he envisioned it as a transformative period—his “GLO UP” year,” Holmes wrote. “Rather than planning a birthday celebration, I am now organizing a funeral to honor his memory on his birthday, June 28th.”

Police said they haven’t determined if they will file charges against the driver, who wasn’t identified.

The investigation is ongoing.

You can donate to the GoFundMe HERE.

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