14-year-old boy charged with shooting deaths of 2 men during armed robbery
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03-19-14  --SHOOTING 01--  Cobb County Police PIO Officer Mike Bowman addresses the media Monday at Wild Horse Creek Park in Powder Springs, about a shooting involving a 14-year-old boy has been charged in the shooting death of two Powder Springs men. Police say Terrance Banks, 23, and Sterling Hargrave, 21, were killed from apparent gunshot wounds at Wild Horse Creek Park, 3820 Macedonia Drive in southwest Cobb. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
03-19-14 --SHOOTING 01-- Cobb County Police PIO Officer Mike Bowman addresses the media Monday at Wild Horse Creek Park in Powder Springs, about a shooting involving a 14-year-old boy has been charged in the shooting death of two Powder Springs men. Police say Terrance Banks, 23, and Sterling Hargrave, 21, were killed from apparent gunshot wounds at Wild Horse Creek Park, 3820 Macedonia Drive in southwest Cobb. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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POWDER SPRINGS — A 14-year-old boy has been charged in the fatal shooting of two Powder Springs men during an armed robbery Sunday just before dark in a Cobb County park.

Cobb Police would not release the name of the accused killer, but an arrest warrant obtained by MDJ identifies the suspect as Jaydon Lee Reid, 14, of Marietta.

Police say the teen fatally shot Terrance Banks, 23, and Sterling Hargrave, 21, at the county-owned Wild Horse Creek Park, 3820 Macedonia Drive in southwest Cobb, which neighbors Tapp Middle School.

The bodies of Banks and Hargrave were found after officers were dispatched at about 7:17 p.m. Sunday in response to a 911 call reporting shots fired in the area of the park.

Reid was charged Monday morning with eight felonies, including two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He also faces a felony marijuana possession charge and a misdemeanor obstruction charge for allegedly running after spotting a Cobb police officer and refusing to stop on command.

According to the warrant, Reid robbed Hargrave and Banks of cash and marijuana at gunpoint using a 9 mm pistol during a “drug transaction.” Reid was found with 7.7 ounces of marijuana when he was arrested, the warrant stated.

Reid is being held at the Marietta Regional Youth Detention Center and has been charged as an adult.

Facebook profiles for both Banks and Hargrave listed them as former students of McEachern High School in Powder Springs. Banks was also listed as a student in the class of 2011 at Chattahoochee Technical College studying automotive technology.

A spike in crime recently at park

Annette Everett lives near Wild Horse Creek Park and joined her husband, Frank Everett, for a walk with their poodle, Precious, at the empty park on a rainy Monday afternoon.

“We didn’t realize there was so much going on,” Annette Everett said.

She said the neighborhood had always seemed quiet but seems to have had a spike in property crimes and drug activity recently.

“It seems like the police here are never around,” Annette Everett said. “I think the police could do a better job of keeping an eye on the park.”

The park contains ball fields, tennis courts and an equestrian course.

“It’s a shame we can’t use it because everyone is getting scared of it,” Frank Everett said.

Still, some residents say the neighborhood is mostly quiet.

Josephine Ricketts, 84, has lived across the street from the tennis courts at Wild Horse Creek Park for the last 25 years, and said she usually feels safe in her home.

“It’s nice. I enjoy it,” Ricketts said. “I watch them play tennis sometimes.”

‘Very scary’ for nearby residents

Marjorie Sanchez also said she has never had a reason to believe the community is unsafe, but she was nervous after being told a double homicide had taken place across the street from the home she has lived in for the last two years with her 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.

“It’s very scary because we live here and we don’t know what happens outside,” Sanchez said.

The deaths mark the second and third homicides in Cobb this year. The first took place when Jerry Moore, 46, was found stabbed to death in his home in January. In 2013, 30 homicides were reported in Cobb.

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Justified by SYG
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March 18, 2014
I think this is a stand your ground case as the shooter was white and the victums black. I am also surprised that the 14 year old was identified in the press even though he has yet to be convicted. I wonder what the standards are in cases like this?
Good Try
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March 18, 2014
Hmm, well Justified by SYG. You are not very good at researching before speaking since the shooter was actually a black male juvenile and both victims were black males. Now - lets throw race out of the situation please. It was drug related. Not race related.
bill in P.S.
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March 19, 2014
He's charged as an adult so he is fair game just like any other adult. You commit a crime like that and I believe the juvenile status goes out the window.
Mike In Smyrna
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March 18, 2014
The lowlifes of society: two dead and one that will live off the taxpayer's dime until he dies. Drug dealing can be hazardous to your health.
anonymous
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March 18, 2014
Maby Jaylon was a police wannabee who was playing cop and protecting the park. He became frightened and began shooting people! "Stand my ground, Stand my ground".
really now?
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March 18, 2014
Come one genius!

It was a druggie robbing two drug dealers. Quit trying to turn it into something else.
John D.
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March 17, 2014
I think if they start charging the parents of minors committing felonies, that we would see a significant drop in crime from minors!!!
Drug infested area
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March 17, 2014
Terrance Banks had been arrested no less than 10 times and Sterling Hargrave at least once.. That area is a huge problem with drugs and crime. I am not surprised at all. I am sure it will lead back to drugs. The parents of these kids in that area need to start stepping up to the plate. Sadly to say, some people should not have children.
restinparadiseT
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March 17, 2014
Terence banks came from a great family that works hard for everything they have accomplished ......and you no so much about Terrance and don't know him or his family and they great deal they've suffered before they move out of ca to the drug in feasted area u stay in.....smh....he was a great person and cared a great deal about family....u don't wake up one day wondering if a friend or someone u know is going to try and kill u ...since u have so much to say ....everything is not over drugs there's things also called jealousy and envy or just plan evil....
To Rest in para
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March 17, 2014
It has already been stated that drugs were involved. His arrest record speaks volumes. It is a very sad situation for the families of all the boys. Unfortunately, these boys made bad choices and now the families will suffer all over drugs. I don't think anyone is jealous or envious over three lives ruined by drugs. The only evil is the drug dealers and gun totting youth we are having to tolerate in this world!
RIPSterl
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March 19, 2014
To say some people shouldn't have kids and the parents of these kids need to step up is stupid. Sterling's mother is one of the most strongest women you could ever meet. She has raised him by herself since she moved out to Powder Springs. The way he is portrayed is not the way she raised him. She was very strict and wouldn't tolerate any kind nonsense in her home. Sterling not having a father around got him looking up to other people that he was easily influenced by. He was grown and made bad choices. Unfortunately lost his life. This could have happened to anybody. Who would think a 14 year would do something like this? You did not know these people that were killed or what they have been through.
Devina
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March 19, 2014
I think it is interesting that you would consider blaming this on their parents. You have no idea what any of these families have had to go through. No one is perfect and we have done our share of wrong in this world. But I never knew that selling weed gave others the right to shoot them. I missed that memo. Is that something they teach in schools? Considering I have a master's degree, I must have fell asleep in one of my Psychology, Sociology, or Criminal Justice courses.

Second off, to make comments such as the ones you have made goes to show how careless you are.

Also, have you looked at what the charges were for? Was it for murdering someone? Was it for robbing someone?

If you have kids, I am pretty sure your children or you know a child who has done something that you were not okay with. You do not know what any of these families have endured in their life so before you judge others, you should at least know them for yourself.

But its always easier for people to point out others flaws and mishaps. My heart and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy.
Reader125
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March 20, 2014
You were probably smoking some weed as you wrote your comment. You claim to know so much about Terrance. Recheck your facts instead of just googling a name. Are you in law enforcement? No one has the right to take a life, no one! The murderer and anyone else involved should be held responsible for the death of these young men. To kill someone over weed and a few dollars is stupid. However, for you to make judgement on the value of someone's life you didn't even know is crazy. You don't know Terrance nor his mother so who are you to say she shouldn't have given birth to him. People have the Superman Complex when they're sitting behind a computer screen.
anonymous
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March 17, 2014
Now days it's kids becoming murderers. And, they kill adults these days too. It's sad that adults have something to fear from kids. Makes one not want to have children some day.Sad.
Westcobberfam
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March 17, 2014
Everyone we know is moving out of Powder Springs. It seems they've just decided to let the thugs and gangbanger wannabees take over and not do anything about it. I hope the Mayor and Police Chief enjoy their "Stone Mountain" because that's what the city is becoming.
1922
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March 18, 2014
The Mayor, City Council and Police Chief don't care about the city. They care about the "Patricia Vaughn Arts Center" the fancy new fence around the library, out of town retreats. Powder Springs has become a cesspool of criminals.
Why?!?!?!x
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March 17, 2014
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