Four face judge in connection to death of Georgia teen
Four Georgia teenagers are facing murder charges after a weekend fight at a house party left another teen dead. Eighteen-year-old Bobby Tillman, from Douglasville, Georgia, died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest after four others allegedly attacked him at random has he walked by, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
The fight happened after a supervised house party escalated from about 10 individuals to upwards of 60. According to witnesses, when parents asked people to leave a fight broke out in the front yard. A female reportedly hit a male, who said he wouldn't hit a female, but would instead retaliate by striking the next man who walked by. When Tillman passed, the first male and several other partygoers attacked him. By the time police arrived Tillman was still breathing but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The four arrested in connection with the assault were Quantez Devonta Mallory, 18, Horace Damon Coleman, 19, Emmanuel Benjamin Boykins, 18, and Tracen Lamar Franklin, 19. No charges against the parents are expected as no drugs or alcohol were found on the scene.
"They [the parents] were doing the very best they could," Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller told the news source. "The situation got out of hand."
What makes the attack especially surprising is that Tillman, a recent graduate of Chapel Hill High School in Douglasville, has been described as a non-confrontational and well-liked individual. Students at the high school were planning on wearing black on Monday in honor of Tillman.
"He never bothered anybody," classmate Adrienne Anderson told the news provider. "He was an all-around nice person."
After the event, police interviewed around 60 people who attended the party. Despite some protest from parents who claimed the partygoers were held against their wills, officials have defended their actions.