Concerned Citizens Seek Justice for Shooting Death Victim
Residents in the Six Flags and South Cobb area are unified and ready for change.
A grassroots movement is beginning in South Cobb. A group of about 10 concerned citizens gathered at Riverside Townhomes on Riverside Parkway to pray, discuss an action plan and to ask neighbors if they had any information about the Tuesday shooting death of 20-year-old Samuel Wilkins.
Police arrived on the scene at 10:28 p.m. on Tuesday after receiving an emergency call about the incident at 10:26 p.m., said Officer Mike Bowman, spokesman for Cobb Police.
According to Russell Robertson of Occupy the Hood, an outreach organization, Wilkins was an up-and-coming rap artist with several connections to influential individuals in the music business.
Wilkinson visited his girlfriend frequently who lived in the townhomes.
Three men jumped out behind him on Tuesday night as he left his girlfriend’s home, Robertson said, and tried to rob Wilkins.
“He had nice clothes,” explained Robertson. “You know, he looked like money, but he had no money.”
Robertson said he also lives on Six Flags Drive and wants to actively engage the community to unify and improve the neighborhood.
“We’re trying to find justice for this young man,” he said.
The group of concerned citizens walked through the townhome complex, stopping individuals to ask if they had any details about the shooting death.
Most could not provide any details, but Terry, who did not wish to give his last name, said he saw Wilkins outside and 30 minutes later heard gunshots.
“I’ve only lived over here two weeks,” Terry said. “I don’t know him personally.”
Because news reports listed the address of the complex as Twin Hill Road, the name of the street within the complex, District 4 County Commission Candidate Monica DeLancey said many parents had no idea it had occurred in the Six Flags area.
DeLancey, who lives in the Six Flags area said, “I should’ve seen parents standing with their children the next morning at the bus stops, but I didn’t because we didn’t realize it happened in our community.”
Gerald Rose, founder of the human rights organization New Order, encouraged the citizens and told them to make noise, to “start talking. Get on Facebook.”
“That could’ve been anybody’s kid,” Rose told the group. “Bullets don’t have names.”