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A Georgia man was captured in Florida and charged with the murder of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found in a Lamar County cemetery on Sunday.

According to Crime Online, authorities tracked 23-year-old Jaylan Jashad Ray to Tallahassee, Florida where he was arrested on Wednesday, and is awaiting extradition back to Georgia.

Lamar County officials says D'Shaunti Kyanni Hunter was shot at least once in the head. Her body was found in a cemetery across the road from Unionville Church in Barnesville, about 50 miles south of Atlanta.

Hunter's body was found on Sunday afternoon, about 40 miles from her home in Ellenwood, Georgia.

Family members were distraught over the news of her murder. "This is crushing us," Hunter's aunt, Jazmine Johnson, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Tuesday. "They stole from us. This is wrong. This is way more than wrong."

Ray is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. He is being held without bond in a Tallahassee Jail.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told the AJC, "I am deeply concerned about the spike that we are seeing in our homicides."

Bottoms recently unveiled a plan to combat violent crime in her city.

"The spike in violent crime in Atlanta and across the country must be addressed by both immediate and long-term actions," Bottoms said in a news release. "The One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan will address crime, and also the systemic issues that lead to violence."

Atlanta's crime wave has earned the city a nickname, "Chiraq South."

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declined an invite to attend today's City Council meeting to address Atlanta's violent crime.

Police are searching for a gunman who fired into a crowd outside a crowded Buckhead lounge early Sunday. A woman and two males were wounded during the shooting and transported to local hospitals.

"Recent events throughout the city have generated a steady stream of public discussion regarding the role and effectiveness of leadership in Atlanta," Council President Felicia Moore wrote in a letter obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It could be helpful to the Council and the public to receive updates relative to the implementation status of any resulting recommendations associated with these initiatives."

Bottoms responded to Moore's letter on New Year's Day, saying her administration will continue to update the City Council on the specific steps being taken to address the city's violent crime.

"I will continue to engage the public and City Council on the important matters of public safety," Bottoms wrote, while politely declining the invitation. "As always, my staff will be available during your City Council conference call meeting."

Bottoms also encouraged Moore and the City Council to conduct their meetings via Zoom, or similar platforms.

Moore's letter comes after 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie died days after she was shot in the head while riding in a car with her aunt and mother near Phipps Plaza in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood.

The child's shooting death fueled calls for a private police force to patrol Buckhead. City Council members have pledged to donate money toward the private force.

Kennedy's killer, 24-year-old Daquan Reed, is still at large.

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Atlanta police have identified a suspect wanted in the shooting death of 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie near Phipps Plaza.

Atlanta police Lt. Pete Malecki named 24-year-old Dequan Reed as a suspect in Kennedy's murder in a press conference on Tuesday. He is wanted on several charges including felony murder.

"We have identified him and we will continue to work diligently to bring him to justice in the city of Atlanta," Malecki said.

Kennedy died Saturday after she was shot in the head while riding in a car with her mother and aunt near Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is under fire for the crime spree that gripped Atlanta during the Covid-19 outbreak this year.

"Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy," Bottoms said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant and loving child is tragically taken from her family. We urge the public to continue to provide information that will lead to the arrests of the careless and heartless people responsible for Kennedy’s death."

A GofundMe page raised over $60,000. A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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A 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head in the Buckhead of northwest Atlanta has died.

Kennedy Maxie was a passenger in a Lexus with her mother and aunt when she was shot in the back of the head near Phipps Plaza. Kennedy died on Saturday after undergoing emergency surgery.

The child's aunt said she heard gunfire as she drove past Phipps Plaza on Monday, December 21. She drove on until she realized Kennedy had been struck and rushed her to Children's Healthcare at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Police say a fight between two groups of men broke out in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. Kennedy was shot by a stray bullet fired by one of the men.

Atlanta police have investigated 150 shootings in Atlanta this year. At least 8 shootings have occurred at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza since December 2019. Both malls are owned by Simon Properties, which promised to install metal detectors at Lenox Square mall entrances.

Phipps, located across the street from Lenox Square, is considered the more upscale property. No new security plan was announced for Phipps.

Investigators are working on "significant leads" from the public, said Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

"Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy. While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant, and loving child is tragically taken from her family. We urge the public to continue to provide information that will lead to the arrests of the careless and heartless people responsible for Kennedy’s death."

A GofundMe page raised over $50,000 for the girl's family.

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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Shocking video shows a brutal assault on a woman in a shopping center in upscale Buckhead, a suburb north of Atlanta.

The video, originally published by @atlscoop on Instagram, shows a person attempting to snatch a woman's purse after knocking her to the ground.

The incident occurred on Dec. 13 outside the Old Navy Store in the Buckhead Station shopping center across the street from Lenox Square Mall, where there have been at least seven shootings in the past year.

The person approached the woman, knocked her to the ground and tried to snatch her purse. But she held onto her purse with a tight grip as the person dragged her across the parking lot.

Several bystanders rushed over to assist the woman, as the thief rifled through her purse before fleeing the scene on foot.

Comments under the video ripped Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for the escalating crime spree that has rocked Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs.

One IG user wrote: "Talk to Mayor Bottoms, Atlanta crime is out of control!!!"

Another user wrote: "Thanks to our cop hating race bating Mayor of Atlanta for allowing our city to turn to sh*t. Come back from your other home in Martha’s Vineyard and fix our city now."

And a third wrote: "Actor Josh Groban had his car broken into there in broad daylight!?"

Channel 2 Action News anchor Jovita Moore suggested the seven shootings at Lenox Mall were committed by opportunistic criminals who migrated to Atlanta from locked down states because the Peach city is wide open during the Corona outbreak.

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A Columbus, Ohio nightclub where Trey Songz was scheduled to perform was shut down by the Ohio State Patrol for violating Covid-19 restrictions.

Club Aftermath, located on Channingway Center Drive, hosted a concert featuring Trey Songz on Saturday, Dec. 6. Hundreds of fans packed into the club to see their fave perform.

But before Songz could touch the mic, the club was shut down for "egregious violations of health orders," according to the Ohio Investigative Unit.

The Ohio State Patrol, which oversees the OIU, said in a press release that undercover agents arrived around 9:30 p.m. and saw about 500 people inside the club.

Agents observed no attempts to social distance and most of the club patrons were not wearing face masks or face coverings.

A state health order prohibits mass gatherings in Ohio, according to WBNS 10 news.

The violations will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Commission for possible penalties, including suspension of the club's liquor license.

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Nightclubs in Atlanta are free from such oppressive rules -- thanks to our mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Atlanta clubs and restaurants are packed with warm bodies every weeknight and on weekends.

Thousands of freedom-loving partygoers pour into Atlanta from locked down cities to enjoy a taste of freedom before returning to their oppressive cities.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has said he will not impose Covid-19 restrictions such as lockdowns and mask mandates on Georgia residents. He did, however, give local lawmakers the authority to impose their own Covid-19 restrictions.

Thankfully, Mayor Keisha's city remains a wide open, restriction-free tourist destination.

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Meek Mill is being mocked as "a penny-pinching grinch" after he was caught on video giving $20 to seven maskless bottle boys to split among them.

The 33-year-old rapper, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, took to his Instagram to share footage of the boys -- "Atl RUNTZ" -- trying to sell him water at a red light.

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Meek handed the seven boys $20 to split amongst them. "Don't put your hand on my car," he barked at one boy, before telling him, "I just gave y'all money, man. Y'all gotta split it!"

Meek's cheap behavior so close to Christmas angered his followers who called him out for "performative activism."

"I don't need to recored [sic] myself doing a good deed," Meek wrote in response to one fan, while another commenter wrote that the $20 was "disrespectfully low," and amounted to only 2 or 3 bucks per kid.

As the outrage continued on social media, Meek wrote, "They appreciated it, they just hustling kids."

Atlanta motorists are accustomed to being surrounded at red lights by boys selling bottles of water.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tried to crack down on the enterprising youngsters by ordering police to direct the boys to "safer and more beneficial opportunities" to earn money.

"We appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit of youth who are selling water to motorists," said Bottoms in July. "But we have seen an increase in unsafe and violent activity in some locations and cannot allow it to continue."

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Being the most wide open city in the country amid a pandemic has its drawbacks.

Atlanta residents are speaking out about the dramatic rise in crime caused by out-of-towners taking advantage of the freedom from lockdowns and the mask-free nightlife.

Residents say "they are over" the huge spike in crime and they are calling on Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta Police Dept. to do something about it.

Since February, there has been a dramatic spike in major crimes, such as murders, rapes, robberies, burglaries, aggravated assaults, and carjackings in Atlanta.

Bottoms addressed the rising crime problem in a recent interview with Fox News.

The mayor blamed police brutality, unemployment and Covid-19 for the uptick in violence on her pristine streets.

"I think it's just this perfect storm of distress in America," she said.

"I think that the people are obviously anxious, and even angry about Covid-19. Loved ones are dying. People are losing their jobs. I think there's a lot of frustration, a lot of angst."

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You would never know there was a worldwide coronavirus pandemic if you're in Atlanta. It's business as usual at packed nightclubs and lounges in Atlanta.

Club promoters are making money hand over fist as Atlantans who are wary of being restricted to their homes go out for a night on the town.

All of my club promoter friends are doing brisk business at their establishments and venues. It's almost as if the coronavirus doesn't exist in the clubs in Atlanta.

No one wears face masks and social distancing is non-existent. It's actually good to see Black people enjoying themselves and socializing amongst their peers.

The CDC, Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates tried to strike fear into the hearts of people in the Black community, but so far, their fear tactics are not working.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms received glowing reviews for her efforts to contain the coronavirus in her city.

The mayor issued an executive order in June, mandating that people wear masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Brian Kemp, who refused to mandate face masks in the state, filed a federal lawsuit against Bottoms to prevent her from enforcing her mask mandate.

On Friday, the governor extended his order that explicitly bans local governments (including Keisha's) from enacting mask mandates.

Gov. Kemp believes adults should make their own decisions whether to wear PPE.

A hearing on the matter was delayed after two judges recused themselves from the case.

Calls to the mayor's office for comment were not returned on Friday.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is furious that President Trump didn't wear a face mask while visiting her city on Wednesday.

Trump, who wore a face mask for the first time while visiting Walter Reed military hospital in D.C. over the weekend, did not wear one during his visit to the UPS hub at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Earlier this month, Mayor Bottoms, who is not a medical doctor, signed an executive order requiring masks or face coverings in public spaces.

Bottoms, who wore face masks and practiced social distancing for months, also revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 and showed no symptoms.

Wearing a mask didn't protect the mayor or her husband from contracting the virus.

Speaking to MSNBC following Trump's visit on Wednesday, Mayor Bottoms said:

"Well, Donald Trump is actually violating the law as he stands on our tarmac without a mask. The city of Atlanta owns and operates Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest in the world and in Atlanta, our city controlled assets, we have a mandate that you should have on a mask. I am very glad to see that the others on the tarmac are following the law in Atlanta but it's not surprising to me that Donald Trump is once again breaking it."

Scientists are divided over the effectiveness of wearing non-surgical grade face masks or cloth coverings outside of a clinical setting.

Until May, experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, discouraged people from wearing masks because face masks may actually increase the likelihood of healthy people contracting the coronavirus.

This is because people who are not trained to wear face masks continuously touch their faces while pulling the masks on and off.

Research shows proper hand washing and not touching your face reduces the spread of virus.

A recent study of patients who tested positive for coronavirus shows the virus was not detected in droplets of people who were breathing normally or speaking.

The virus was barely detected in the saliva droplets of patients who coughed forcefully. The study proved that the virus is not spread by people who are asymptomatic (not coughing or sneezing).