Cobb police are investigating a Saturday night shooting in Kennesaw that left one man dead.
Justin Dallas, 23, of Woodstock, died from apparent gunshot wounds on West Station Drive near Bells Ferry Road, authorities report.
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 Officer Alicia Chilton, spokesperson for Cobb police.
The home of West Station Drive where officers found Dallas dead in the yard is located fewer than five miles from where Dallas was arrested in 2015 for gang-related activity, according to arrest warrants.
Dallas spent more than nine months in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center for three felony charges stemming from a January 2015 incident, according to the Cobb Sheriff’s Office arrest and booking report.
Kennesaw police arrested Dallas in the Legacy Park Apartments, located near Baker Elementary School, in January 2015, and charged him with felony first-degree cruelty to children, felony aggravated assault and a felony street gang terrorism charge, according to the booking report.
Police accused Dallas and three other members of the “27 Bloods” street gang of beating a juvenile who had missed a “mandatory gang-meeting,” according to the arrest warrants.
The warrants says the juvenile suffered a swollen eye and jaw and had a concussion.
Dallas, who attended North Cobb High School, was released from the detention center in November 2015, according to the booking report.
Dallas was the father of two young children, and he was trying to do his best to provide for his children, a close friend told the MDJ Monday.
“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.
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).