Friends holding rally for 16-year-old Mays student shot, killed a year ago today

ATLANTA — Tuesday marks one year since a Benjamin E. Mays High School student died in a shooting at a graduation party. Her friends will hold a peace rally in her memory.

Bre’asia Powell died on May 28, 2023 when the 16-year-old got caught in the crossfire of two groups shooting at each other.

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On Tuesday, Powell’s friends will meet for a peace rally and speak out against gun and gang violence.

The rally begins at 4 p.m. at West Manor Park and the group will walk to Mays High School and back to the park.


In the year since Powell’s death, police have arrested four people: Willie Dennis, Jaquan Withers and Tsenre Mosley.

Dennis, Withers and Mosley face the following charges: murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated battery, possession of a weapon within a school safety zone and possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.

Their trial is scheduled to begin in June.

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