Jonesboro murders

A fifth grade teacher is charged with murder in a violent gang-related home invasion that left 2 children dead in Clayton County, Georgia in 2016. Michael De'Sean White, 26, is accused of shooting and killing 11-year-old Tatiyana Coates and her 15-year-old brother Daveon Coates while they slept in their beds on Oct. 22, 2016.

DeSean White

White was taken into custody on Friday at DeKalb’s Toney Elementary where he worked.

He is charged with four counts of murder. Police say a sketch drawn by a police artist helped lead them to White.

DeSean White

A 15-year-old gang member who was not at home at the time of the shooting was the intended target of the home invasion.

The mother of Tatiyana and Daveon invited a single mom with 5 children -- including the teenage boy -- to move into her Jonesboro, Ga., home from Chattanooga before the shooting.

The other children in the home — ages 6 to 13 — were not injured.

Police tracked the teenager to a home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he fled with his mom and siblings after Tatiyana and Deveon were killed in their Jonesboro, Ga., home. He was questioned but was not charged in the murders.
 
SEE ALSO: 2 Children Killed During Home Invasion Near Atlanta
 
Police say the unidentified teen quickly became involved in violent gang activity in Atlanta.

"The 15-year-old who came with the second family got involved in gang activity here in metro Atlanta," Register said. "We believe there was an act that he committed against a local gang that made them retaliate in such a vicious manner."

White was hired to work as a teacher’s assistant in March 2017 and became a fifth-grade teacher in August, according to WSB-TV.

White remains in the Clayton County Jail without bail.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What the what?

    Why is a grown-a$$ed 26 y/o man still in a gang.

  • shun king

    this gang violence thats goes on each and every day know no bounds killing little girls pregnant black women and the elderly every damn day

  • LexGirl

    I was thinking the same thing! PLUS you are a TEACHER!!! What are you teaching them...how to get in a gang?!?! Lord help us all!

  • Kanyade

    RIP to those sweet babies

  • Yoni7

    I'm glad he was caught.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    so is his story going to be: he went from Murder to Teacher, because he wanted to turn his life around because he felt so much remorse for killing two innocent children, in their sleep.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    The fact that he was an elementary school teacher and could murder kids is disturbing. This story is just heartbreaking on all levels.

  • Yoni7

    Uhm, can I add that the sketch looks nothing like dude give or take a few pounds. Either way, I'm glad the perp was caught.

  • Logan Roberts

    He was able to become a teacher, why not just stay on the right path De'sean? Living double lives is real out here.

  • Phillybruh

    You literally got out but wanted too remain in enough to be convinced to throw it all way for this.

  • Pamela

    I dont see it. The sketch looks a lot like Kanye.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    He became a teacher after he killed them kids

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Sad story... can't nobody live with me! We got to figure something else out, no ma'am!!!

  • shun king

    yeh he was living a double life like a lot of sick people do lol

  • Phillybruh

    Talking from experience are you?

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  • Erin

    That was difficult to read

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    this is a sad senseless story.... see yall later....

  • Ni Ni

    Looks nothing like the teacher for sure.

  • Real Proper

    It be ya own teachers smh

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    I need to see all itineraries for all visitors including my mama...

  • Just here4 the comments

    exactly!

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Huh? ?

  • Freeriah

    That sketch looks nothing like the suspect.

  • shun king

    i see it in the HIV stats of my hometown

  • Just here4 the comments

    This is so sad on so many levels. So you a gang member and a teacher??... How you both? Ima need him to pick a career.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Look at the mouth area and imagine him skinny.

  • Anunnaki

    He'll take prison for 200 alex

  • Kemi

    That’s why I don’t invite ppl to stay over my house. Don’t know the baggage(s) their bringing with them. RIP to victims.

  • Trace da Ace

    This story is so heartbreaking....innocent children lost their lives over gang bullshit !!! My heart breaks for their family.

  • Ni Ni

    I promise i got my glasses on and still don't see it.

  • tintin

    that man was a teacher..looking all scary like that.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Right. He killed the kids in 2016. Then he became a teacher in 2017. The 15-year-old gang member was not in the home at the time of the shooting. He fled to Tennessee with his mother and siblings after hearing about the shooting.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    A damn shame

  • Keisha Hannah

    Now the teachers wtf!

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Same here..

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I need more information...

    Why did he do it? Why and how the hell is he a teacher?!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    WTH?

    Is it really like THAT in GA? Gang members are killing families... children? Tf. And he's a teacher...

    Pray for our babies.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah his head is a lot wider when compared to the picture.

  • Reenaface

    A full time teacher, but banging on the side? Say what!

  • Rayne

    Ump ump ump!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Ohhhh. I remember Sandra posting about this....

  • datjerk

    Damn

  • BRuhman_Vista

    What a sad story and 2 more black kids are now a statistic. This teacher obviously was on an upward track, but decided to not leave the gang bangin' behind. Armed and invading a home as a school teacher?? Really bro?? Even more sad as I read the story is that one word is no where to be found --- "FATHER"

  • Bossy704

    Naw. Google him. Mr.White cleans up nice.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    26 is young. Hell, Game's 60 year old manager is still running around talking about gangs.

  • FukkFolks2018

    God bless these folks. Lord Lord LORD. All so senseless

  • Look@m3

    I remember this......I cant do anything but shake my head!!

  • Waya Hedia

    kill this animal.

  • FukkFolks2018

    And to add in something else...this is why in the hell we dont need guns in school. Teachers arent perfect and have backgrounds too that arent all documented. This murderer got caught. However.... Up until Friday, he was elgibile to own a gun. And yall want him to be able to bring it to school.

    Yeah okay

  • Yoni7

    GIRL!

  • Kemi

    Valid point! Thank you!

  • Yoni7

    The mouth area on the sketch is "fuller" than his as well. The nostrils of the sketch are flared a lil more as well. That mouth area and "jawline" shows a discrepancy.

  • SweetTEE

    I remember reading about this here. I know those childrens mother is SO hurt and mad that she thought whe was doing a good deed for a friend & this happens. That boy was the reason they moved in the first place. And that teacher deserves exactly what he gets. He knew he was shooting innocents.

  • abby500

    Ok so the teacher was gang banging and killing ppl? I’m sorry but I am not moving a bad element ANYWHERE near my child. Was there a financial reason? I would never do that....5 kids with a single mother who was real quick to move? NEVER. I don’t even want to know anyone like that. Sorry.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    O wow! This is who we need to give higher salary to? LOL Interesting.

  • goat

    That sketch looks nothing like ol boy.

  • Sistatasteecakes

    That sketch Looks like the rapper Scarface if anything..

  • Neicey

    When my baby told me a teacher was arrested during school. I couldn't believe it. Then to find out it was for murder. I am so shocked

  • datjerk

    Well, not him. However, Teachers DO need a raise.

  • 100milesperhour

    TF? Like who looked at that sketch & made the connection to the suspect?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    The sketch and the teacher look nothing alike. From the eyebrows, nose, lips, facial hair, shape of the face & head... Two completely diff people.

  • Neicey

    It was only two fifth grade teacher at the school. This is sad. Virtual school should be in our near future

  • i troll it like i see it

    A fifth grade teacher? This can't be right. Where the hell did he go wrong in life?

  • SumthinSweeter

    It was good enough. Your drawing as accurately as you can what someone describes to you.

  • SumthinSweeter

    It was good enough. They caught him. You're drawing as accurately as you can what someone describes to you.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I was just saying that, too. They look like two completely diff people.

  • stav

    There is no way they caught him based off of that sketch...looks NOTHING like him. Glad he's off the streets though, hope the punishment fits the crime.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    They don't even look like they would be related. Well, not to my eyes at least. In the sketch, the guy has an oval shape face, his head is round on the outer edges, and his nostrils point out on the edges. The teacher? He has a square/boxy shaped face, thick a** neck like a football player, and his nostrils are just small and round. The teacher's mouth is smaller, too. In the sketch, they drew his mouth wide and big. I just don't see the resemblance!

  • guest

    I'm confused..the sketch looks nothing like the accused teacher. and, what was his motive?

  • stav

    Not one bit! That sketch is very detailed, there is no way they used that sketch and came up with that teacher. I hope the search continues, because based on sketch alone, they may need to keep looking for back up suspects.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Someone please explain this story? The 5th grade teacher killed two innocent kids thinking it was the 15 year gang banger? If so why did the teacher want to kill the gang banger...was he into gangs too...

  • goat

    Well, they got the gender and race right. Guess thats all they needed.

  • tintin

    you are right...what a handsome man.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Or.... maybe the police artist drew what (in their mind) all men of color look like? Or they just suck at drawing what someone has described? Not to say the artwork was bad because we've all seen worse sketches. It's just they don't look like the same person.

  • stav

    We think alike, I immediately thought of them coming from the racist perspective that all blacks look alike.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Yes, we do! I didn't want to take it there but that's what I was thinking.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/290de10f306d0963789b869e277c890d132222b97315515a58bc3906d7535507.gif

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  • Lorenzo Chaps

    BS. The sketch led me to the rapper lusting after Angela Simmons named YG.

    How dumb is this? A professional educator that gang bangs. Riiiiiight.

  • blue skies

    IKR

  • blue skies

    im so confused right now! RIP to the poor children!

  • blue skies

    O & that sketch dont look non like that man

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    The sketch looking nothing like him tho. Glad his as caught tho. That sketch pic has some big ass lips and nose...

  • Quitedeliteful

    And why did he kill the children?? He couldn't have mistaken the both of them for the kid he was looking for...

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Everybody needs a raise. We all work hard.

    Teachers need to work harder.

  • Quitedeliteful

    What an idiot!!! A double homicide would get him about 35 years but since it's innocent children he snuffed I'm pretty certain he'll get life. What an idiot!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Since the sketch looks nothing like him I hope they have the right man...

  • Hmmm~?

    This is why I don't let anyone other than extremely close family and friends into my home, and I'm certainly not about to let someone who I ain't damn near married to come live with me. Folks really be out here with playing with their lives. Too bad their mother had to learn hard way.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I know teachers don't make a lot of money by good-gawd-almighty!!! Ole boy is going to be making even less in the pokey making license plates for $1.00 a day...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Something should happen to the 15 year old gang-banger as well. Him being in a gang put everybody at risk...

  • Ghost

    So we have GANG MEMBERS teaching our children now???? smh...

  • Quitedeliteful

    My cousin's son was in small-town USA raising hell. The only reason the sheriff didn't arrest him is because he knew my cousin and family forever. My cousin asked my parents if she could send that bone-head to stay with us for a while and my mother was like hell-to-the-no! Cousin had the nerve to be hurt. Too bad... Ain't nobody got time for no gang-banging idiots...

  • stevetheque

    They had to have other evidence! Stevie wonder must be the sketch artist!! If that's the only evidence they are working with, his lawyer is going to have a field day.

  • Shaun M

    This is absolutely ridiculous. He can’t teach nobody nothing? Still out there gangbanging and acting a natural fool!

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    ALL the Questions that require ALL THEE ANSWERS!!

  • Wayup!

    First of all..I done beard about late bloomers n all.. But how da he!! U initiating at 50??
    This has first kill initiation alllll ova it.

  • Kimberly King

    I thought gang banging went out of style in 2005. Losers. RIP to the babies

  • Indies beauty

    Wasn't that yo gottie?

  • imright

    do u watch tv ? gang banggin never left

  • Kimberly King

    If I watched tv the way the typical humans do, I'd be an idiot like the rest. But to answer your question, no. Between the gym, traveling, teaching/grading papers, grad school and bae... tv isn't a priority. I'll sneak in a few episodes of a random tv show on Netflix.. or watch Teen Mom OG/2, Power, Insecure, or Gotham every now and then... but I don't try to keep up with shows these days. Social media tells you what's going on with shows anyway. When I said "I thought gang banging went out of style in 2005," that was sarcasm.. and shade all in one.

  • reddfoxxy16

    This story is so sad & CONFUSING.... IS HE BEING CHARGED WITH 4 COUNTS OF MURDER? OR 2?...& DOES ANYONE KNOW WHY THESE SENSELESS MURDERS HAPPENED...BACKSTORY?

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Georgia again. I'm in Chicago and we thought it was bad up here. NOPE!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    GA is HELL, u hear me? I'm from Chicago, but moved many years ago. I can't say which is worse, but I can say GA is hell.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    yes

  • zero options

    Yet another story that will be ignored by the mainstream media...

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Time for that Negroidian Hip-Hopera, Empire.

  • http://playrnb.com PL?Y R&B

    That stretch don't look nothing like him though..... I'm kinda skeptical that they might have gotten the wrong dude. You know white people believe all black men look alike.

  • dontgetblocked

    Black men are scary!

  • datjerk

    So teaching and partially raising kids isn't hard enough work? Cool.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Every news source says he is charged with 4 counts. It could be 2 counts of 1st degree murder and 2 counts of capital murder because the victims are children.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Honey, calm your fuckin tits. Everybody's work is hard...that's why it's called work. I don't see what exceptional job teachers are doing, is what I'm saying. Don't expect me to be like you and just chime in with everyone that teachers are the heroes. Everything and everyone is on social media, and the way these kids communicate and express themselves is proof that teachers need to step it the fuck up! My opinion. Like it or scroll the fuck on!

  • jazzysmith12

    This is another year we black men stay taking Ls. Blk women please stop having fatherless kids from bums!! who aren't going to be around.

  • Look@m3

    Now they got 11 people indicted on this crime. This is so ridiculous. I want to see the person that they were retaliating against. He bet not be in witness protection!

  • Lunatic Frank

    gang banging is not a fad , its a serious commitment, for those who think its a fad will soon receive a rude awakening

  • Lunatic Frank

    it had to be something very personal someone has done to hime for him to kill those kids smh

  • Lunatic Frank

    my cousin who is a homicide detective for dekalb county is a gangster disciple (reformed)

  • Lunatic Frank

    im the freddy kreddy kruger of the gang atmosphere, im the mystical figure who steps from the shadows and assassinate rivals with no remorse

  • Lunatic Frank

    yes it is , one some n*ggas ran over my homeboy mother because they were so frustrated that they couldnt get him

  • shun king

    in dekalb a 15 year old was killed because her brother owed for some drugs its just awful

  • shun king

    it was in retalation for a murder of robbery in another state

  • shun king

    each and every one of them blackl

  • shun king

    its not just that dudes are sticking their dong in the cess pool of poverty just to get a nut and some of these single moms in their 40 are active member of the Bloods i see this all the time in atlanta.. we can just put the finger on a dad many of white kids grow up with out dads and you dont see this going on as much as it do in the black community

  • shun king

    these half raised follower black men are scary noting to live for no direction only to follow whats trends they see on tv and what they think a man should be like

  • shun king

    hip hop is the root cause of all this

  • shun king

    i been trying to tell these folks i beet if we really did some analysis with the rates it would be very close

  • shun king

    just go to IG you have thousands of black males posing with guns and gang colors trump should LOCK THEY ASS UP

  • Ghost

    REFORMED is the key word. It is my HOPE that he is not murdering folks for revenge...

  • Lunatic Frank

    naw he isnt

  • Patricia

    theres running from A PROBLEM, but, then theres what most folks do running from THEIR PROBLEMS. one you can help, the other you cannot do anything for bc they bring the problem with them bc the problem is them!

  • shun king

    they killed an older couple two days after they killed those kids

  • jazzysmith12

    We blk men need to take accountability for our own actions.They're not the actions of blk women and the white race.

  • shun king

    i say its a combination of all the above..to think that laws have not been in place that detrimental to and helps to break up the black family it shows a lack of understanding of whats going on in america its not the black man who control the television and radio and imbeciles that are indoctrinating the youth into glorifying drug use drug dealing and killing each other over colors..these things have been wrote about and researched for years by people who have dedicated a life time to the study of it...

  • jazzysmith12

    I agree and that's why we should control what our kids view and hear as long as they're under our roof.

  • shun king

    and as far as what statistics say and what i have saw with my own eyes black kids are not under their biological dads roof for the sake of argument 50% are 50% not how can a man have input instead of being just look at ass the mean baby sister? when the mom allow them to watch and listen to what ever what is a man posed to do?

  • Quitedeliteful

    This is what my parents did not want -- him bringing that crap to our doorstep...

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  • Rere

    TELL THESE BUMS TO STEP UP AND BE DADS. THEY CAN HAVE UNPROTECTED SEX BUT THEY CANT BE RESPONSIBLE THE SAME WAY A WOMEN WILL HAVE TO BE.ALWAYS TRYNA BLAME BLACK WOMEN FOR THESE LOSER ASS BLACK MEN.