South Fulton County

16-year-old killed at MARTA station on his way to work as shooters target someone else, family says

EAST POINT, Ga. — A 16-year-old was killed over the weekend at an East Point MARTA station while he was on his way to work.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes spoke exclusively with Jaylan Major’s family. They say he was in the tenth grade and was an athlete and a scholar.

He was killed on Sunday afternoon just a mile away from his school.

Police say two teens killed Major while the station was packed with people heading to Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in downtown Atlanta.

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“Was it that bad that you had to pull out a gun on my son? And he really didn’t even have nothing to do with it,” his mother, Deandra Simpson, said.

Simpson says her son had just started a new job at an airport restaurant the day before. She says she dropped him off at the MARTA station instead of driving him to work because he was meeting other friends who worked at the airport.

“They was meeting up together so Jaylan knows how to catch the train,” she said.

Minutes later, someone shot Jaylen. Police say the shooters are 15 and 18 years old. Their names are not being released.


“You know you see it on TV, your hearts go out to the families because you don’t know how they feel. But when it actually hits you, like my baby? No, so it needs to stop because a lot of our kids are losing their lives. They can’t even grow up to plan out their futures because it’s so much killing going on with our young kids. They have so much access to these weapons and it shouldn’t be like that,” Simpson explained.

Simpson says Major was getting plenty of scholarship offers to go to college. She says they’ve even received some letters since he passed.

The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help offset funeral costs.

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