Father of 2 young kids found shot to death, police say

Father of 2 young kids found shot to death, police say

ATLANTA — Police say a man was found dead in southwest Atlanta of multiple gunshot wounds Saturday.

The man was found dead around 4 p.m. in a home on Alder Lane near the MARTA station in Atlanta's Oakland City neighborhood.

Police said it appears the victim has been dead for several days.

Content Continues Below

Channel 2's Michael Seiden is at the scene, where he talked to friends of the victim, who said he was the father of two young children.

Family members identified him as Demetrius Collins.

Homicide investigators are working to learn what happened and identify a suspect.

So far, no one has been arrested.


Detectives told Seiden that the owner of the home asked a friend to check on the house. When that person went inside, they found the body and called 911.

Seiden was there as the victim's family and friends began gathering along the street outside the home. Many of them waited for hours, watching as homicide detectives gathered evidence from inside.

Seiden spoke to Jasmine Davis, the mother of one of Collins' children.

"I just got the phone call and she texted me, 'Keep your head up.' I'm like, 'What's going on?" Davis said.

Davis said Collins is her ex-boyfriend and the father of their 1-year-old son.

"He was a nice guy. He was a good parent to his kids," Davis said. "It's shocking. It's crazy."

Shea Miller said she can't believe someone would target her good friend, who went by the nickname "Meat."

"He was a good father. He supports all of his friends," Miller said. "He was a really good person. It's going to hurt a lot of people."

Miller wants anyone who saw anything to get in touch with police.

"If they know something, they need to come forward," Miller said. "This is somebody's life."

Police are asking anyone with information to call Atlanta homicide detectives.