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A second suspect has been charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl at an Atlanta area Waffle House earlier this year.

The incident happened on May 1 outside the Waffle House on the 700 block of Glenwood Avenue in the Glenwood Park shopping plaza, Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

Diamond Johnson, 15, was fatally shot when two groups of teenagers brawled outside the Waffle House in the Glenwood Park shopping plaza.

31-year-old Elizabeth Parham was arrested on May 21 and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and first-degree cruelty to children, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

On Monday, Oct. 25, investigators announced the arrest of 18-year-old Tariq Grier in connection with the shooting.

Grier was arrested on Oct. 18, and charged with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Johnson's murder is among hundreds of shooting deaths involving young Black people in Atlanta in the year since the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms addressed the city-wide violence earlier this year.

"Just as we have overcome challenges in the past, Atlanta will get to the other side of this COVID crime wave and we will get this violence under control."

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Atlanta attorney Courtney Cox has been identified as the woman who was shot dead by a man who leapt from balcony to balcony while firing at police before turning the gun on himself.

The incident happened Wednesday, Oct. 20, at a luxury high rise building on West Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) identified the shooter as 32-year-old Jarvis Jarrette, who began dating the young attorney over the summer.

Officers responded to a report of gunfire at 3:14 a.m. at the Atlantic House high rise arrived to see Jarrette leaping from a balcony to another balcony before firing a rifle at the police. At least one officer returned fire.

Police found Cox deceased in her apartment. They also found Jarrette dead on a balcony.

The aftermath of the shooting was viewed by a small crowd of onlookers below who pulled out their cell phones to film rather than call 911.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms slammed the bystanders for filming the incident rather than call police.

Friends remembered Cox on social media.

Prof. Natasha McPherson, who taught Cox at Spelman College, wrote:

"A former student of mine from Spelman was murdered yesterday. Courtney Cox was a a lovely human being who was DEEPLY LOVED by her family and friends. She deserved so much better. Here she is with her classmates on a (epic) history research trip to NOLA in 2011 (far right).Damn..."

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Kasim Reed said the high level of crime and violence in Atlanta is a "national embarrassment", and he plans to crack down on crime if he is reelected mayor.

Reed is seeking reelection as mayor of Atlanta on Nov. 2. His first two terms as mayor began in 2010.

The mayoral candidate spoke by phone with Audacity Atlanta's Maria Boynton during the Grand Opening of his campaign headquarters at 568 14th Street in northwest Atlanta.

Reed says the level of crime and violence is "tearing Atlanta apart". He added, "right now 20 percent of the citizens of Atlanta want to leave the city."

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Reed has raised over $2 million for his campaign so far. His campaign continues hosting high-profile events, including a private reception and fundraiser hosted by attorney Precious Anderson (pictured) at her Atlanta home on Wednesday.

Reed told the invited guests that if he is reelected, he plans to hire 750 new police officers.

He also told the intimate gathering that he is going to make sure women feel safer and that people in general feel safer in Atlanta.

Also, he will reopen City Hall where workers will be accessible to the residents of Atlanta.

He also discussed his plan to make more women millionaires through his Women Entrepreneurship Initiative that he started when he was mayor.

Some Atlantans say they hope Reed will make the Katherine Janness case a top priority when he's reelected mayor.

Katherine Janness and her dog, Bowie, were brutally stabbed in Piedmont Park on June 28. Their bodies were discovered by Janness' girlfriend, Emma Clark, about 50 yards inside the 10th Street gate just after 1 a.m.

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"There was a slice on her face, like in an X pattern on her face," said Clark, pictured right. "And there was a deep cut to her throat; it was cut all the way to the bone."

Janness, 40, had been stabbed multiple times and a word was carved into her body.

"It's a very frightening crime," Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis told The Washington Post.

Evidence suggests the killer spent time with the body after the murder.

"And that is strange," Willis said. "Most people commit a murder and want to get the hell away because they don't want to be caught."

Janness' killing stood out among the city's 110 homicides this year. She was Atlanta's first white homicide victim of 2021.

Willis, who started the job in January, faced a daunting backlog of 12,000 arrests from last year that have not resulted in formal charges.

Most of the city's homicides are committed by repeat offenders who were released from jail early due to overcrowding and staffing issues.

The city has convened 2 grand juries to sift through the evidence and return indictments. However, Willis said it could take "years" to clear the backlog of criminal cases.

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5 people were shot outside the Marquette Lounge in west Atlanta on Labor Day.

The Marquette Lounge is a popular ghey bar that hosted a Black ghey Pride party on Monday, Sept. 6.

The gunshots sent Black Pride attendees scattering into the neighborhood around Proctor Street and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Some of the victims were transported to area hospitals in ambulances and in private vehicles.

The Black Pride party was scheduled to end at 6 a.m. and Rapper Lil Kim performed earlier in the night. She was not among the injured..

According to WSB's Kristin Holloway, a fight occurred outside the lounge and a man fired a shot into the air and then into the crowd.

Atlanta police are investigating whether the drive-by was a hate crime.

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An Atlanta rapper watched from a window as his girlfriend was kidnapped outside his home in the Chosewood Park neighborhood.

Mariam Abdulrab had just finished working a late shift as a bartender at Revery VR Bar in Midtown Atlanta when she was kidnapped at 5 a.m. on Friday, August 13.
 
READ ALSO: Atlanta police charge suspect in bartender’s murder, kidnapping
 
Atlanta-based rapper Germ, real name Jerry Antoine, told a 911 dispatcher he heard a commotion outside the home they shared.

He said he observed a man grab Adbulrab and shove her into an SUV at gunpoint.

The rapper's calm demeanor during the 911 call cast suspicion on him.

"Oh my god, bro," he said. "I just watched her get kidnapped in front of my house. What the [expletive]. Oh my [expletive] god... Bro, bro, bro..."

Four hours later, Abdulrab's body was found about half a mile away. She had been shot to death.

Germ paid tribute to Abdulrab on Instagram.

"DAMN TODAY IS A DIFF FEELING I WATCHED MY REAL LIFE BEST FRIEND RIPPED AWAY FROM ME. I DNT KNW WAT TO DO S— IS STAND STILL BUT IMA MAKE SURE THEY REMEMBER HOW SELFLESS ND HAPPY YOU WERE YOU DIDNT DESERVE THIS [sic]."

In another post, Germ posed with supporters in front a of mural of Abdulrab. He captioned the photo:

"I LOVE YOU MERMZ. I ALWAYS TOLD YO LIL ASS YOU WERE LEGENDARY. IDK ANYBODY THT LOVED HARDER THAN YOU, YOU TAUGHT ME REAL LIFE LESSONS . #MARIAMFOREVER [sic]."

A GoFundMe created for funeral expenses raised over $53,000.

The fundraiser's description read:

"She had a love for animals and art. She was never boastful or unkind; she never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was an angelic soul who was a wonderful daughter, sister, and friend. We miss her dearly."

Georgia State Patrol officers arrested suspect DeMarcus Brinkley, 27, following a high-speed car chase that ended when the SUV collided with another car in Griffin, Georgia on Friday.

Brinkley was treated at a local hospital for his injuries. He was booked into Fulton County jail on Tuesday, online jail records show.
 

 
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Atlanta police have charged a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of a 27-year-old bartender.

Atlanta police charged DeMarcus Brinkley with murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and other charges in the death of Mariam Abdulrab.

Abdulrab was seen on surveillance footage being forced into an SUV at gunpoint after arriving at her home in the Chosewood Park neighborhood at 5. a.m. Friday.

The well-liked bartender had just finished working her shift at Revery VR Bar in Midtown Atlanta when she was kidnapped outside her home.

Her body was found four hours later in the area of Lakewood Avenue, according to authorities. A witness called 911 after jotting down the SUV's license plate.

Brinkley, 27, was apprehended by the Georgia State Patrol following a high speed chase that ended when his vehicle crashed into another car on Hill Street in Griffin, Georgia.

He was airlifted to Atlanta's Wellstar Medical Center where his condition is listed as stable.

Two people in the other car were also airlifted to a hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

Brinkley will be transferred to the Fulton County Jail when he is discharged from the hospital, according to AJC.com.

Abdulrab is the second female bartender to die a violent death in Atlanta in the last three weeks.
 
READ ALSO: 911 Audio Casts Suspicion on Katherine Janness’s girlfriend
 
Police have no leads in the brutal stabbing deaths of bartender Katherine Janness, 40, and her dog, Bowie, in Piedmont Park on July 28.

Authorities say the Janess and Abdulrab crimes are unrelated -- as rumors persist of a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.

Janness' girlfriend, Emma Clark, has since left Atlanta.

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Atlanta police released audio of the 911 call placed by Emma Clark after she found the mutilated body of her life partner, Katherine Janness, in Piedmont Park.

Clark went to look for Janness when the 40-year-old bartender failed to return home after walking their dog, Bowie.

Clark used a mobile app to ping Janness' phone, and she noticed the phone was not moving inside Piedmont Park.

Janness and Bowie were found about 50 yards inside the park after 1 a.m. on July 28.

Atlanta Police released audio to 11Alive News of the 911 call from Clark, who assumed Bowie had been hit by a car.

Then she noticed Janness' body, "maybe 100 feet away" from where Bowie lay dead.

"I ran up to her, I tried to feel for a pulse but it was clear that she was gone," Clark told the 911 dispatcher. "I turned around and I just ran out of the park. It was dark, and I didn't know what was going on. I was terrified and shocked. That's when I called the cops immediately."

But suspicions were raised when Clark seemed to dehumanize Janness during her call to 911.

Speaking to another person at the scene, Clark said, "Did you just see that? That's my f***ing girlfriend."

At another point during the call, Clark told the dispatcher, "Oh my god. Like, she's dead, dead."

Twitter users noted how "calm" Clark sounded, considering the circumstances.

One Twitter user wrote: "ok... did y'all listen to the 911 call from katherine janness's stabbing in piedmont?? why am i suspicious of the gf now."

Atlanta police released photos and videos of six "witnesses" who were in the park that night around the time of Janness' murder.

Police are eager to speak with those witnesses to determine if they saw or heard anything. They are not considered suspects.

At a press conference this week, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insisted there is no evidence that a serial killer is on the loose in Atlanta.

Listen to the 911 audio below.
 

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Atlanta police released 6 surveillance photos of possible witnesses or a suspect in the Piedmont Park murder case.

Katherine "Katie" Janness, 40, was brutally stabbed along with her dog, Bowie, in Piedmont Park just after midnight Wednesday, July 28.

Her body was found around 1 a.m. by her life partner, Emma Clark, who used a Find My Phone app to ping Janness' phone.

The 6 photos were released at a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 3. They show 4 people leaving the park through separate gates around the time of Janness' murder.

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Two of the photos shows a Black male wearing a white tank top and grey jogging pants. He is walking with an aluminum offset cane.

A large spot of what appears to be blood is smeared on the right side of his tank top. He is carrying something in his left hand.

The man is seen leaving the park through the gate at 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue at 12:25 a.m., approximately 45 minutes before Janness' body is found.

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Another photo shows two women leaving the park through the gate at Charles Allen Drive and 10th Street, about 100 yards from the spot where Janness and her dog were found.

The same two women are seen in another photo trailing behind a third person talking on a cell phone.

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Police said they would like to speak with the four people in the photographs who may have seen or heard something.

The witnesses/suspects are Black. Three of them appear to be women.

Police insist there is no evidence of a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.

The FBI is involved in the case. Atlanta police and Crime Stoppers are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information.

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Disturbing new details have emerged in the brutal stabbing death of a 40-year-old Atlanta woman.

Katherine "Katie" Janness was brutally stabbed and dismembered inside Piedmont Park while walking her dog Bowie Tuesday evening.

Police say Janness died from multiple stab wounds and parts of her body were missing from the "gruesome" crime scene.

According to a Channel 2 Action News reporter, a homophobic slur was scrawled on Janness' body.

Atlanta police have denied the reporter's claim that the information came from a confidential police source.

Still, the FBI is investigating the case as a possible federal hate crime against a member of the LGBT+ community.

Janness' family is "distraught" over the disturbing new details.

A GoFundMe page raised over $61,000 in donations for Janness' funeral.

Police are not ruling out a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.

Janness was the second woman killed in Atlanta area parks in 24 hours.

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Tori Lang, 18, was shot to death inside Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County on Tuesday, July 27. Her body was found under a tree around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. There are no suspects in her murder.

A GofundMe set up by Lang's family has raised nearly $10,000 for funeral expenses.

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According to 11Alive News, 43-year-old Patrick Boland, an openly ghey man, was found stabbed to death in Piedmont Park around 1:30 a.m. on May 28, 2009. There were no arrests in his case.

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The FBI has joined the investigation into the fatal stabbing and dismemberment of a 40-year-old woman inside Atlanta's Piedmont Park early Wednesday.

Katherine Janness was walking her dog in the park Tuesday evening when she was brutally attacked.

Janness' lesbian partner pinged her phone and located her spouse's body inside the park.

Janness' body parts were found scattered about 100 yards inside the Charles Allen Drive entrance to the park near 10th Street in Midtown just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Her dog Bowie was also stabbed to death.

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Bowie defended his owner during the vicious attack. FBI agents plan to use DNA from the dog's saliva to identify the killer.

Atlanta police have stepped up foot patrols inside the park since the "gruesome" murder.

Police are trying to determine if Janness' murder was random or targeted because the killer spent time with her body after she died.

Investigators aren't ruling out a serial killer. Janness is the second woman killed at an Atlanta area park in the past week.

Police are asking residents who live on 10th Street near the park to check their security videos.

Janness worked as a bartender for Campagnolo restaurant in Midtown Atlanta.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by Atlanta Crime Stoppers for information on the case.