Jatonne Sterling, a sophomore baseball player who attended Clark Atlanta University in Georgia, was fatally shot by an acquittance after they had a disagreement.
While sitting in a car parked at the Lyke House Catholic Center, the student athlete was gunned down by another individual in the car after they supposedly had a dispute. University police called the Atlanta Police Department after shots were fired inside the car and Sterling was pronounced dead when first responders arrived. “Clark Atlanta University continues to grieve the death of one of our students, Mr. Jatonne Sterling,” CAU Police Chief Debra Williams announced at the time.
In another news briefing, Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Charles Hampton, Jr. gave for information regarding the tragic event.
“I know the students are alarmed, but anytime we have any homicide like this we always try to let the community know we’re on top of it,” the police chief said, making sure to emphasize the accident was not a random occurrence that should leave fellow students afraid to leave the house.
Hampton continued, “Unfortunately, Jatonne knew this individual. There was some correspondence, and so this was not just a random event… Students should feel safe.”
Keontay Holliman-Peoples, 25, has since been arrested for allegedly shooting Sterling. He is facing a felony murder charge and aggravated assault in relation to the killing. However, police are still searching for a third individual, who they say was in the car at the time of the shooting.
Clark Atlanta University community mourns the loss of Jatonne Sterling
Following the death of Sterling, many members of the community mourned his death and honored his short-lived life, including his longtime baseball coach. Earnest Radcliff, who first met the athlete when he was 12, said the sophomore was an amazing student when he attended Morgan Park High School in Chicago.
“A great community person at Morgan Park High School. He was outstanding [and] treated the elderly and women with much respect,” Radcliffe shared.
Local religious leader Father Urey Patrick Mark additionally called for a prayer service dedicated to the late student-athlete. “Jatonne is not a Catholic, but he is a student and a child of God, and so, with this tragic situation, we are just saddening. We are hurt,” Father Mark said earlier this week. A candlelight vigil was also held by the Student Government Association.
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