Renardo Newton was known as “the fix-it man.” Friends and family say the Augusta 16-year-old was kind to neighborhood children and quick to offer help in fixing broken bikes or go-karts.
His life was cut short May 12, 2003, when he was found shot to death in a front yard on Old Savannah Road. Newton’s death remains one of five unsolved homicides in Richmond County from 2003.
“We have talked to some people, but we have yet to get a solid story as to what happened,” Richmond County sheriff’s Maj. Ken Autry told The Augusta Chronicle in 2003.
Autry said Newton, known to friends as “Bam,” was shot once in the back of the head at 11:59 p.m., possibly execution-style. He was killed just feet away from the home where he lived with his mother, grandmother and three sisters.
Newton, the oldest of his siblings, was in ninth grade at A.C. Griggs Alternative Center.
“The kids are asking why,” neighbor LaToya Rogers told The Chronicle in 2003. “We tell them that he’s fixing better bicycles and go-karts in heaven.”
After his death, investigators found a handgun in Newton’s pants pocket, and he was suspected in a gang attack on four men in a Pump ‘N Shop parking lot just hours before he died.
The assault victims, who suffered swollen eyes and minor cuts, told police they were jumped by nine men for no reason outside the store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
“I’m not absolutely sure that the shooting resulted from that, but we do know he was in some type of altercation,” Autry said two days after Newton’s death.
Newton was killed a week after his 16th birthday.