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Step-son, friend arrested in Clayton County man's death


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Police confirmed Friday night that the victim in a fatal shooting near College Park was the stepfather of one of the two suspects arrested in his death.

Clayton County Police responded to Brookside Apartment Homes on the 5400 block of Riverdale Road just before 10 p.m.

There they found Malik Ramee,23, unresponsive who had been shot several times.

Investigation later revealed that Ramee was allegedly shot by his stepson, John Barnes, 19, and his friend Elijah Young-Williams, 17.

Barnes said his mother had asked him to go to the location to retrieve her keys. When he arrived, a fight broke out and both teens allegedly pulled guns shooting Ramee to death.

The two were arrested and warrants obtained for murder in the death of Ramee. Both Barnes and Young-Williams were transported to the Clayton County Jail.

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Missing mother, 5 children found but questions remain


JONESBORO, Ga. -- Police say a mentally ill woman and her five young children have been found after going missing for two days.

Officials said Janee Dichier Ruffin-Cooper, who suffers from bipolar disorder, manic depression, paranoia and schizophrenia, walked away from a Clayton County home with her five children around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A concerned family member said Ruffin-Cooper had not made contact with friends or relatives and were concerned because she was without her medication.

Christina Heath, owner of Ernie's Bait and Tackle,  told 11Alive's Duffie Dixon that the family walked into her shop on Tara Boulevard Saturday afternoon and asked for help. 

"She just explained that she needed some place to go, that she was in a domestic violence situation that someone had smacked her children and she needed somewhere safe to go," Heath said. "The children had all told me they had been hit."

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Family, friends hold vigil for kids killed in car crash


RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A crowd of dozens came to a Clayton County street corner tonight to honor two children killed in a fatal car crash.

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2 children killed in Clayton County wreck


The truck driver told police he could not avoid hitting the car.  Both he and Jasmine Hamrick were not injured.

Jasmine Hamrick  had just picked up her children from her mother's home.  She watches them after they finish school  at Church Street Elementary in Riverdale.

The children's grandmother, Dena Bennett, said her daughter is inconsolable and she too is heartbroken.

"Those babies were my life. They were just a joy," Bennett said.

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Driver killed after striking I-285 median wall


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A driver died after his car struck a median wall on Interstate 285 Monday morning.

The accident happened at around 5:25 a.m. near the Airport Loop Road exit on eastbound I-285 in Clayton County.

Clayton County Police Officer Jamine Moton said the 34-year-old driver's Toyota Camry hit the wall on the left side of the road. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

The wreck is under investigation.