Rachel Stevenson said she’s trying to come to terms with raising her two-month-old alone after the infant’s father was reportedly shot to death in Kennesaw Saturday night.
Justin Dallas, 23, of Woodstock, died from apparent gunshot wounds on West Station Drive near Bells Ferry Road, according to Cobb police.
The infant, Kingston Dallas, lives with Stevenson in Acworth.
Stevenson said Dallas always tried to help others regardless of his own limitations.
“He put everyone before himself,” she said. “He didn’t get to come up in a home where he had all these opportunities. He had to make opportunities for himself. That’s what he was trying to do.”
According to investigators, officers were dispatched to the 160 block of West Station Drive in reference to a person down call. Officers arrived and found Dallas dead in the yard, according to Officer Alicia Chilton, spokesperson for Cobb police.
On Sunday, Cobb police arrested Naeem Jakwan Edwards, 19, of Acworth. Edwards is facing felony murder and aggravated assault with intent to murder charges and is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, according to Chilton.
Stevenson said Dallas was at the Kennesaw house Saturday night with Edwards and others.
“They didn’t even hate each other. There was no need for Justin to be dead now at all,” Stevenson said. “Those people just left him there. They’re just as guilty as the one who killed him.”
Dallas, who attended North Cobb High School, was working in construction at the time of his death, Stevenson said.
“He was all smiles even though his life was so hard,” she said. “He’s been through a lot. … He didn’t deserve this.”
Dallas, a father of two, was trying to do the best he could to provide for his children, a close friend told the MDJ Monday. Although Dallas portrayed a “hardcore image,” he was a loving person who was excited to raise his children, she said.
“Even though he didn’t get everything right and he wasn’t perfect, he was really trying to do the best he could for his kids,” said his friend, who asked that her name not be used. “When he cared about you, he cared deeply.”
She said Dallas was the “the life of any party” and “the light in any room.”
“He had a joke for everyone,” said the woman, who started an online fundraiser to raise money to pay for Dallas’ funeral expenses.
Police are urging anyone with information about the case to call the Cobb County Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit at 770-499-3945.
People can remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Greater Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477). Or text CSA and your tip to CRIMES (274637).
To donate to the online fundraiser, visit gofundme.com/mbdytg-justin-dallas-my-brother.