Unarmed Atlanta Teen Shot and Killed By Security Guards

Movies & TV

Vibe | March 27, 2012 - 11:31 pm

In the midst of America’s outrage over the ruthless murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the outcry for justice continues with the killing of Ervin Jefferson. It has been confirmed by Dekalb County officials in Atlanta that the 18-year old was shot and killed Saturday night (March 21) by two security guards who were sent to respond to a disturbance near the Jefferson’s apartment complex.

The victim’s mother, Candy Grimes, says she witnessed the horrific act take place. “We heard gunshots,” says the mother through tears. “I seen the dude in the green shirt shoot my son. I seen the guy, he had two hands, and he shot my son.”

Grimes also says Ervin was reportedly run over by a car shortly after the shooting.

“By the time I got down there, the car was on top of my son. He was literally under the car. One of them shot him, and one of them ran over him,” she told reporters. I just want justice. That’s all I want, I just want justice. He was trying to protect us.”

Ervin, also the father of a baby girl, was targeted after running towards a crowd of people who were threatening his sister. Jefferson was trying to protect his sibling and family, though he was unarmed. 

The 18-year old was transported to a near-by hospital where he was pronounced dead. –Jolile Sanchez