SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. — After a sheriff’s impassioned plea to parents who may have children interested in gangs, deputies have two men in custody they believe are responsible for a 22-year-old’s death.
Demoni L. Beck, 17, and Jadaquis D. Noble, 20, are charged with the murder of Jacqueris Holland. Beck was already in custody at the Spalding County Jail on unrelated charge.
“We will continue to fight for and support Jacqueris family as we move forward in the criminal justice process,” Dix said. “I spoke to his mother this morning to tell her of the arrests.”
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On May 27, Holland was traveling on North Hill Street near the old People’s Choice Club, when a silver car flew past him as someone fired gunshots that hit Holland twice in the upper body.
He collapsed in front of his car, where he died from his injuries alone in the middle of the road.
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Holland was a cosmetology student at Southern Crescent Technical College and dreamed of opening up his own barber shop.
“You always hear people in news interviews talking about how the person who was killed was ‘getting their life together,’ ‘going to college,’ ‘had goals,’ and ‘was a friend to people,’ ‘was loved by everybody that knew him’. I can tell you that Jacqueris Holland was not that guy. Jacqueris was not working on it, Jacqueris Holland was it,” Dix said.
The sheriff’s office says Beck and Noble were involved with local gangs. Holland was not.
“The part these young people just don’t realize is that now three families are going to suffer because of gang violence. One family lost a son due to murder, and two more families will lose sons to jail. It’s just unreal that the thought of killing someone or being in a gang appeals to young people so much that they are willing to lose their life or their freedom in the name of a terroristic criminal street gang. They don’t understand that you always reap what you sow,” Dix said.
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