Police arrested 14-year-old Jaydon Lee Reid and charged him Monday with the shooting deaths of Terrance Banks, 23, and Sterling Hargrave, 21, at Wild Horse Creek Park, 3820 Macedonia Drive next to Tapp Middle School in Powder Springs.
According to the arrest warrant, Reid robbed Hargrave and Banks of cash and marijuana using a 9 mm pistol during a “drug transaction” Sunday evening.
Students at McEachern High School, which Hargrave and Banks had attended, would not identify themselves to the MDJ, but many of them said they knew Hargrave, the younger of the two victims.
They described him as the type who got along with everyone.
“I’m not shocked about what the 14-year-old did,” one student said. “I’m shocked about how Sterling died. I didn’t think Sterling would die like that.”
Some students said they think Reid wanted to be a gangster.
Photos posted to Reid’s Facebook page show him pointing a gun at a camera and holding large stacks of money. Another image on the page displays an Apple iPad logo with the words “iMurder” substituted for iPad. The image depicts an apple with crosshairs in the middle and splattered with blood.
The name used on the Facebook page is “Jay’Jay Goin’ham Reid.” “Goin’ham” stands for “going hard as a mother------,” according to the website Urban Dictionary.
McEachern students said Reid attended Tapp Middle School, which sits beside the park where the shooting took place, but Jay Dillon, spokesman for Cobb schools, would not confirm or deny if Reid was enrolled in the school system.
Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said his office will look into potential gang connections to the shooting once the police finish their investigation, but Reynolds said he was unsure if they would find a link.
“We’re waiting to get the entire file from the police department,” Reynolds said, adding he expects to receive the documents in the next 60 to 90 days.
He said it’s a “harsh reality” that while Reid is a teenager, he will have to pay an “adult price” if he is found guilty of murdering the two men.
“It’s extremely concerning anytime you have a double homicide,” Reynolds said. “It’s tragic, but certainly when the suspect is 14 years old, it makes it worse all the way around.”
Cobb Police Department is the lead agency in the investigation because the killings took place at a park owned by Cobb County, but the park is located within the city limits of Powder Springs and a city police officer apprehended Reid during a foot chase, said Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn.
Vaughn called the double homicide “senseless attacks” and “contrary to all that we stand for.”
“To the victims’ families, we offer our sincerest sympathies during your time of grieving and loss,” Vaughn said in a prepared statement. “To the citizens of Powder Springs, know that we will continue our efforts in combating crime within our city, and that your safety is of utmost importance.”