• Former Cobb football star laid to rest


    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A funeral was held over the weekend for a Cobb County man murdered while away at college.

    Loved ones gathered Saturday at Mount Paran Church of God in Cobb County for the funeral of 21-year-old Bobby “B.J.” Smith. He was buried just one day after police made an arrest in the shooting death at Tuskegee University.

    Kentavious Holland, 22, was arrested and taken the Macon County Jail in Tuskegee, Ala.

    Channel 2’s Diana Davis spoke to the parents of the victim about the latest developments.

    Smith, a former South Cobb High football star and senior at Tuskegee, was shot and killed.

    Smith’s parents said police woke them Friday morning with a phone call and news of Holland's arrest.

    “I was happy but sad, angry. It’s like you want to get your hands on somebody,” said Cynthia Smith.

    Police told the Smiths they expect to make more arrests.

    “It lets me know they are still working on the case and it’s not going to go cold. They're in pursuit of others who may have contributed to my son’s death,” said Bobby Smith.

    B.J. Smith was among hundreds of people at a block party near campus when someone started shooting. Witnesses said as the victim ran for cover, he was hit. His mother went to the scene near campus where it happened, looking at bullet holes in a trash dumpster near where he died.

    “I just want to look into the face of somebody that shoots in a crowd of people. I mean, it’s crazy,” said Cynthia Smith.

    The Smiths' daughter was killed in a car wreck just 18 months ago. Cynthia Smith said she was numb with grief after learning about the loss of another child.

    “I mean, I was just coming around from feeling the loss of Nikki, and now my son. I have no idea how I am going to make it. I don’t know how I ever am going to be happy again. It’s going to have to be by the grace of God and right now, I don’t know,” Cynthia Smith said.

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