Family wants increased security after man killed on MARTA bus

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The family of a young bus rider who was shot to death is calling for increased security at MARTA stations.

Deangelo Hill, 19, was boarding a bus Thursday night in College Park when police said his killer opened fire.

Police arrested Jawwaad Nelson on Friday in connection with the shooting.

Hill's family said Nelson waited for him on the bus after the two had a confrontation days before.


Family members wonder how the shooter was able to get a weapon onto the bus and potentially hurt others.

"I feel like they need to have metal detectors because anyone can slip a gun on a bus, clearly. My brother got killed by one," the victim's sister, Gevonda Hill said.

Nelson's death came a little more than a week after police said a man stabbed a panhandler to death on a MARTA train near the Avondale station.

MARTA released a statement following the deaths, stating: "In spite of these incidents, MARTA remains one of the safest transit systems in the country, and, in both instances, at Avondale and College Park, the suspects were apprehended within 24 hours by MARTA police."