Clayton County

‘I lost my best friend’: Wife says feud led up to neighbor shooting, killing her spouse

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Shant’e Bellamy, the wife of Jae Bellamy, wants to know what her wife said or did to make her next-door neighbor pull out a gun and shoot her.

Morrow Police say Jae Bellamy was shot by her 37-year-old neighbor Jamilah Garcia Lopez on July 28.

Shant’e says she was heartbroken when she got the news.

“I just broke down because I lost my best friend,” she pointed out.

Police say the next-door neighbors had been involved in some sort of feud.

Jae was battling cancer, according to Shant’e.

“Cancer was almost trying to beat us down, and we weren’t going to let it,” she told Channel 2′s Tom Jones.

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Shant’e says Jae began to change her diet and was becoming her old self. “And she was gaining her strength back. And she was starting to dance again,” she said, full of emotion.

Her attorney says he has started his own investigation.

“We wanna make sure we understand how this happened,” Attorney Rahn Gatewood said.

Shant’e just wishes the gun violence would come to an end.

“Losing someone is not the best feeling at all,” she said.


Shant’e says her wife was a bright light who loved life and loved to dance.

Lopez now faces malice murder and aggravated assault charges. When a magistrate court judge told her bond was denied, Lopez asked: “Why am I denied bond?”

“Because you’re charged with Murder,” the judge replied.

The judge explained to Lopez a Superior Court Judge would have to hold a hearing to see if she could get bond.