Georgia State student reported missing was killed outside Atlanta gas station

ATLANTA — A Georgia State University student who was reported missing this week was found dead outside a metro Atlanta gas station.

Jason Williams, 24, was scheduled to start a new job on Wednesday. He talked to his mother on Tuesday about how excited he was for the opportunity.

Then, on Wednesday, Williams was reported missing. His family couldn’t get in touch with him and he never showed up at the new job.

When police began investigating the case, they realized Williams had been killed Tuesday evening outside a DeKalb County Citgo gas station.


“We responded to the Citgo station on Columbia Drive for a person shot,” said Sheira Campbell, DeKalb County Police Spokesperson.

Williams parents identified his body Friday morning.

Williams was a student of business administration at Georgia State University’s Clarkston campus.

Police said he entered the gas station's store with another man, his final moments captured on surveillance video.

“During that time of exiting the gas station and going into the vehicle something happened where that 24-year-old was shot,” Campbell said.

Williams’ family, desperate to find him posted his picture and a picture of his car on social media.

He was scheduled to start a new job Wednesday morning, and he asked his mother to call and make sure he didn't oversleep.

She knew something was wrong when his phone kept going straight to voicemail.

Police say he was seen in surveillance video moments before he was shot and killed.

“When he walked into the store, there didn't seem to be any issue between the victim and the suspect. Something happened between the time that they went into the store and exited the car,” Campbell said.

Police said Williams was shot multiple times.

“He tried to flee, he exited the vehicle and he stumbled, and he died in the parking lot,” Campbell said.

Police said they want anyone with information to come forward.

“We’re working leads right now, and we hope to have some sort of closure to this case soon,” Campbell said.