These teens and children have been shot to death in Georgia in 2024


ATLANTA — At least 20 Georgia teens and children have been lost to gun violence so far in 2024.

Georgia teenagers have been the victims of gun violence on a near-daily basis in 2024. In addition to teens and children who were killed, dozens more have been injured by gunfire since the beginning of the year.

Channel 2 Action News has spoken to the families of multiple victims in metro Atlanta, who are all now grappling with the unimaginable loss of a child. Many parents have told us that gun violence needs to stop.

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Here are their stories:

March 31

A 17-year-old girl was shot to death on Easter morning in Columbus. Jania Mobely was one of two people shot to death during the incident, according to WTVM.

March 29

A 19-year-old man was shot to death by a Walmart employee in Fayetteville. Antavious Holten was shot at the Walmart on Pavillion Parkway. A nine-year-old girl was also shot. Police identified the shooter as 19-year-old Adrian Jelks, a Walmart employee.

According to the investigation, officers believe that it was an isolated incident and that Jelks planned to shoot the man. Officers identified the child as an innocent bystander who was struck by a stray bullet.

March 24

A 16-year-old boy was shot to death in Columbus. He was identified as Dennie Henderson.

March 16

An 18-year-old pregnant woman was one of two people shot to death in Vidalia. Iesha Wicker was identified as the pregnant victim. Justin Godfrey, 23, was also killed. Three people, including a 16-year-old, were arrested in their deaths.

March 8

A 3-year-old boy watching cartoons with his brother was shot to death in his home in Athens. Kyron Zrco was shot through the wall. Police have arrested one teenage suspect and are searching for two more.

Feb. 29

A beloved football player from Louisville, Georgia died from a gunshot wound in what school officials called a “tragic accident.” Carter Gay was a junior at Thomas Jefferson Academy, according to WJBF. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office are both investigating the manner of his death at this time.

Feb. 25

An 18-year-old was shot to death in Columbus. Earkus Porter Jr. was found dead around 2 a.m. near Belvedere Park. Family members told WTVM they believe Porter was lured to the park and shot there.

Feb. 17

A 16-year-old boy, Nasir Davis, was shot to death during a fight involving a large group of teens in Snellville. A 16-year-old boy and his other have both been arrested in connection to his death.

Feb. 15

A 17-year-old boy was found shot to death in the woods in DeKalb County. He was identified as James Smith, of Stone Mountain.

Feb. 14

A 19-year-old DeKalb County woman was shot to death on Valentine’s Day. Destiny Carson was found with a gunshot wound on Bedevere Circle. Police identified 19-year-old Marquis Simmons as the gunman.

Feb. 10

J’Quan Reed, 19, was shot to death in downtown Savannah.

A 16-year-old boy was also shot to death in Peoplestown. Police identified him as Marcellius “Fendi” Satrone Stokes.

Feb. 9

A 15-year-old boy was shot to death after a basketball game at Tri-Cities High School in Atlanta. He was identified as Mario Bailey. Another teenager was stabbed and left with critical injuries.

Jan. 31

A 14-year-old boy was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 16-year-old in Columbus. Timothy Holloway Jr. was shot in the stomach inside a car and later died. The 14-year-old, who hasn’t been identified, was charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and possessing a handgun while under the age of 18.

Jan. 27

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the parking lot of a Gwinnett shopping center. Elbert “Josh” Brown was shot around 2:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the Paragon Town Center in Duluth. No one has been arrested.

Jan. 18

Derrick Jackson, 18, was shot to death in Columbus, according to the Ledger-Enquirer. He was shot multiple times. No one has been arrested.


An 18-year-old was one of two people shot at a southwest Atlanta apartment complex. Thomas Lowe died of his injuries. A 16-year-old was also shot in the arm.

In Ben Hill County, 19-year-old Cynise White was shot to death. A woman her family said she was in a relationship with, 19-year-old Diamond Murphey, was arrested on charges of murder, felony assault and aggravated assault.

Jan. 9

A shooting at The Hills at Greenbriar apartments left a 19-year-old man dead. Jaharni Smith was killed after an alleged drug deal. Michael Stephens, 19, is facing murder charges.

Jan. 2

An 18-year-old man was shot to death in what police called a “targeted” triple shooting in Atlanta. Montravious Pitts was taken to the hospital, where he died. The other victims have not been identified, but they are expected to survive.