Justin Edwards, the son of DeKalb County activist Joel Edwards, will be laid to rest on Saturday, Feb. 17. Justin Edwards, 34, was shot to death on Feb. 10 by an unknown assailant as he and his girlfriend were headed home.
Police said Justin Edwards had stopped to check out two flat tires in the parking lot of an abandoned building on Memorial Drive and Boulevard in Cabbagetown around 11:30 p.m.
Witnesses told police that a suspect approached the car, fired shots and then ran. Edwards’ girlfriend wasn’t hurt.
Joel Edwards told WSB TV he believes it was a targeted killing.
“This was a hit, for what reason I don’t know,” Edwards said.
Meanwhile, police are continuing their investigation.
Community activist Ed Williams offered his condolences to the Edwards family, telling the DeKalb Board of Commissioners that public safety must be made a top priority. Williams said more officers are needed to patrol the streets and police must follow up with victims of crimes. He said he plans to meet with DeKalb’s new public safety director, Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin.
“We are not safe in our homes or on the streets. If that was one of my relatives who was killed, I would be outraged. It (the shooting) happened in Atlanta, but it’s symptomatic of what’s going on in DeKalb,” Williams told On Common Ground News.
Several people posted their condolences on Joel Edwards’ Facebook page, to which, he responded, “Thanks. Keep on praying we need it right now.”
An obituary in the Atlanta Journal Constitution states that the celebration of life service for Edwards will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, noon, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 3646 Hogan Road, S.W., Atlanta with Pastor Robert Thurman officiating.
Justin Arthur Edwards, is survived by his parents, Joel and Brenda Edwards; his son, Austin Edwards; his three brothers, Christopher Edwards (Stacey), Karsten Edwards (LaSonya) and Nicholas Edwards (Shameka); two sisters; Tiffany Noller (James) and Stephanie Edwards-Datuowei (Tare) and his girlfriend, Stephanie Moore.
Tipsters can call CrimeStoppers Atlanta. There is a reward in the case of up to $2,000. Anyone with information is asked to call 404-577-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.