COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — Family and friends are demanding a stop to violence after a 19-year-old was gunned down Friday while walking home.
Newnan police say an officer was flagged down around 7 a.m. by somebody who said there was a body in the front yard of a home on Pinson Street.
Investigators believe that Derrick Montez Johnson had been killed hours before. His family said he was walking home from a party around 1:30 a.m.
“He was just coming home, just trying to get to the house and I don't know what it was that he ever did to anybody. He was a very good dude, very good,” said Shannon Beasley.
Beasley and her friends said they were at the party and watched Johnson leave.
“He’s like a younger brother to everybody, you know?” said friend Jeremy Clark.
Clark said Johnson graduated from high school last year and had just gotten a job. Clark said the teen had a troubled past. Channel 2’s Jessica Jaglois found references to gang activity on his Facebook page. But Clark said the 19-year-old had left that life behind.
“He changed his life around, trying to get a job and do the right thing and this happened,” said Clark.
The home where Johnson was found has nothing to do with his murder, police said.
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