On Thursday, Atlanta police reported that an Atlanta-area college baseball player had been killed in a shooting after an altercation escalated into an exchange of gunfire between him and an acquaintance.
Jatonne Sterling, a 20-year-old student at Clark Atlanta University, was found dead close to another Georgia university’s church, where he had entered a car before the dispute erupted.
Police say that it was not “random.” The two knew each other and corresponded before the meetup.
The alleged shooter, 25-year-old Keontay Holliman-Peoples, has been charged with multiple charges, including murder and aggravated assault, though the motive for the killing remains unknown.
It has been said that Holliman-Peoples, who is not a student at the university, has a criminal record in two states.
CAU students held a vigil for Sterling on Wednesday, remembering him as a talented sportsman and athlete.
His high school basketball coach Ernest Radcliffe was quoted as saying: “I got to bury another ball player. We’re not supposed to do that.”