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Arrest made after former Laney football player, 19, shot to death

Friday, July 19, 2013 5:46 AM
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One man was killed and another seriously wounded by shots fired
during a party in Augusta late Thurs­day.

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Shortly before midnight, police responded to a home in the 2500 block of East Kensington Drive in reference to a loud house party. When deputies arrived, people were running away and the officers later found Mar­quez Eubanks, 19, and Jeremy White­head, 21, with gunshot wounds to the torso.

Eubanks, of C Street, died at Georgia Regents Medical Center early Friday, according to Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose.

Police said Whitehead, of Monte Carlo Drive, was in critical condition Friday.

Dijon Cortez Abbott, 17, of James Drive was arrested by investigators Friday night.

He faces charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of aggravated assault.

Lucy C. Laney High School head football coach Lemuel Lackey said he was devastated by the loss of Eubanks, a former player.

Eubanks graduated in 2012 after four years as a starting lineman.

“He really was a good kid,” said Lackey, who was Eubank’s head coach and position coach. “This was a kid any coach would cherish to coach. I’m devastated. I really am.”

Staff Writer Wayne Staats contributed to this article.

COMING SUNDAY

Homicide has surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death among young people in Richmond County, according to the latest youth homicide rate. State records show 208 people ages 5 to 29 have been victims of homicide since 1994.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/19/13 - 08:13 am
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Moved out of that hell hole in 1977. Not a minute to soon!!!
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Moved out of that hell hole in 1977. Not a minute to soon!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/19/13 - 08:14 am
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1977, adjacent Villa Maria was already a crime stronghold.
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1977, adjacent Villa Maria was already a crime stronghold.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 08:19 am
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Media hounds

Where are yooouuu? All deaths are important...so sorry for the loss of life.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 08:21 am
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My kin

My kin lived on Meadowbrook years ago...she had to leave because of the dangers there...she lost money on her house but she moved to a safe area.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/19/13 - 08:34 am
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Was this a BOB or WOB, or a

Was this a BOB or WOB, or a BOW shooting.
BOB, and BOW shootings only require a local reverend to show up.
WOB shootings get a call to the national HQ and the private planes start rolling in.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 08:41 am
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short

haha...took me a minute but I get it!! So true!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 07/19/13 - 09:04 am
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You know WHAT it is, owensjf,
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You know WHAT it is, owensjf, and I don't call it "politics."

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 09:19 am
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We do care for loss of life

That is what I said...this loss of life SHOULD be important too...but you won't see it on tv now will YOU?

It is not politics to me....my sister had so many breakins in this area she had to leave......so what do you think happened here??

tom31510
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tom31510 07/19/13 - 09:24 am
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Neighborhood watch

Where was the neighborhood watch when this was going on? Oh, that's right, that would be too much like snitching; some people will live among crime rather than being perceived as not 'with' the community. In some areas 'live & let live' has become 'die & let die'.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/19/13 - 09:27 am
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No you were being sarcastic,
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No you were being sarcastic, I'm sure if the police does not handle this correct and the family needs help you will see more media, if there are no questions then you won't.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 09:30 am
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The loss of good neighbors

If you think this won't come back to haunt you I would suggest you look at Detroit.....when you lose tax paying good neighbors YOUR area will sink into abyss...your home wealth will decline....your schools will to......keep dreaming in your dizzy heads that we are all about politics (crazy notion that it is) & one day wonder WHAT HAPPENED.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 09:32 am
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sarcastic haha

Heh...I know how to be sarcastic..you haven't seen it on here....not on this story. heh

Reesee
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Reesee 07/19/13 - 09:33 am
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I'm sorry for the loss of

I'm sorry for the loss of such a young life. I have experienced this before and my prayers of relief and peace are with the family.

On another note:

To those inquiring minds the shooting was more than likely BOB, however there will more than likely be an arrested. Unlike the history of senseless killings that have occured in this nation that are WOB. Murder is murder and wrong is wrong but there seems to be justification and NO arrest when the scenario is WOB opposed to when it's BOB. If it's ever BOW you can bet your last dollar that arrest, prosecution, and conviction will be swift. If and when this nation learns to value ALL lives, and take just and swfit action when it's WOB then protests and call for action wouldn't become necessary.

On another note, the article states deputies were responding to a call about loud music so apparently someone in the neighborhood cared enough to make the call and complain.

Again, I'm sorry for the loss of life and wish the party would have ended on a happier note.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 09:44 am
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FIX THIS!

Shootings in Chicago during the Fourth of July holiday weekend have left at least nine people dead and several dozen wounded, including two boys shot in different parks.
Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday that such continued violence underscores why he dramatically altered a gun bill that will end Illinois' last-in-the nation ban on carrying concealed firearms – a prohibition that's been declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.

The deaths continue & some speak gibberish.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/19/13 - 09:49 am
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One of my high school

One of my high school classmates had to move his family out of there about 5 or so years ago. He and his wife were both working full-time in very nice jobs and bought a house on the edge of south Richmond County. Why? Because he said it was so bad in Georgetown he was afraid he was going to have to kill somebody in self-defense and he couldn't get anything done about the crime there. Oh, one more thing, since some people might think it was just trumped up reasons for white flight, uh, no, this family is black or African American or whatever it is race-baiters want to call them. I never asked him in all the years I knew him which he might prefer. I just called him my friend.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/19/13 - 09:51 am
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This article is informative

This article is informative in another way. I now know I can not hear gunshots from that far away. I did not hear those shots last night. And I'm sickened at the loss of another young life.

urright
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urright 07/19/13 - 09:51 am
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BOB, WOB, or BOW--

They are all investigated and prosecuted the same around here.

Nobody has mentioned WOW crimes. I think I'm offended.

I am very sorry for the all of the families involved.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 10:02 am
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I understand Leaves

Because he said it was so bad in Georgetown he was afraid he was going to have to kill somebody in self-defense and he couldn't get anything done about the crime there.

Until some wake up & STOP looking for EXCUSES this will continue....also the innocents will shoot when confronted.....more will die.....I just saw the crime report map & it made me sick to see what has happened in my ole neighborhood...Wheeless Rd & Deans Bridge...

myfather15
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myfather15 07/19/13 - 10:03 am
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Reese

Do you have any EVIDENCE to prove your allegations? Or should we simply believe it because YOU said it?

I don't recall O.J. Simpson being convicted for killing to white people!!!! Sometimes guilty people go free and sometimes innocent people are convicted in the system; but both are VERY rare!!

i-feel-older-2day
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i-feel-older-2day 07/19/13 - 10:36 am
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look at Detroit

I have lived in this area for some 25 years but over time I too have moved. Why? I did not feel safe and moved out of Richmond County. Why? The overall Augusta Government does not have my interest at heart.

Reesee
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Reesee 07/19/13 - 10:49 am
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@ myfather15I find it rather

@ myfather15

I find it rather strange or telling that you would ask me for evidence and yet not do the same to shortcomment which is the post that sparked my response. Oh well, I'll bite!

In my post I referred to the history of events in this nation, key word being "history". Now that I've provided you with a clue I'll leave the fact finding up to you. The injustices have not just started. And since you have an inquiring mind, the Zimmerman case in which many are low-key referencing made national news at least one month after the murder of Mr. Martin simply because Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested and obviously (there was evidence) to prove he was lying about the events. Had the roles been reversed an arrest would have been made without a problem.

And since you inserted O.J. into the discussion let's talk about that. This is one example of a black person being acquitted of murdering two white individuals. Oh My Head for the Hills! Although he was acquitted he was guilty in the public's eyes and treated as such, and still continues to be. Should we let Zimmerman rest now that he's been acquitted but yet continue to associate O.J. as being a murderer, even when a jury of his peers found otherwise?

This story shouldn't be derailed as a person has lost their life and a family is grieving. However, I'm sick and tired of the usual suspects attempting to assert their foolishness into almost every story involving blacks and violence. A black person is shot and killed at a party or in a certain neighborhood and you guys go wild and use the story as an attempt to belittle almost an entire race. A white person becomes upset and carries an arsenal of high-powered weapons into a movie theater, school, or any other gathering and opens fire on ANY and EVERY one, *(innocent children included) and the comments are of sympathy and grace. Right is right and wrong is wrong!

A young man lost his life and do you think it hurts any less because another black man may have committed the murder? Where's the love?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 10:45 am
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older 2 day

And that happens with others too...the gov can't see the damage they are causing....soon the bottom will fall out because the damage will be too great to overcome.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 10:49 am
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So wrong about this

A white person becomes upset and carries an arsenal of high-powered weapons into a movie theater, school, or any other gathering and unleases on ANY and EVERY one, *(innocent children included) and the comments of are sympathy and grace.

You won't hear me say anything nice about this jerk...i can't even post on here what I would do with him!! But think chain saws ...blood...slowly....you get my point!

gargoyle
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gargoyle 07/19/13 - 10:51 am
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Why? The overall Augusta

Why? The overall Augusta Government does not have my interest at heart. I feel ya , Our elected have legislated themselves into a ruling class.

fishman960
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fishman960 07/19/13 - 11:02 am
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Georgetown

I have a good friend that lives right across from where this happened. Believe me, he was concerned. Such a tragedy that S.A. has become such a war zone.
Regardless of the circumstances, no one deserves to die that way.

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chascushman 07/19/13 - 11:13 am
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"No you were being sarcastic,
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"No you were being sarcastic, I'm sure if the police does not handle this correct and the family needs help you will see more media, if there are no questions then you won't."
The police had handled the Zimmerman case correctly but that didnot stop the media and the race baiters. Base on the evidence there never should have been a trial.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/13 - 11:23 am
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Barclay got it right!

NBA star and commentator Charles Barclay gets it right on Trayvon Martin case. Not only is he a pop culture star who doesn't run from a prayer, he blames THE MEDIA for its role in the Trayvon Martin case:

"I just feel bad because I don't like when race gets out in the media because I don't think the media has a pure heart, as I call it. There are very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form -- a lot of black people are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they say only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. I don't like when it gets out there in the media because I don't think the media has clean hands."

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/19/13 - 11:45 am
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"If and when this nation

"If and when this nation learns to value ALL lives, ."

Spot on! You hit the heart of what people are trying to say. Trayvon isn't the story, this is. This happens all over this country day in and day out; young black males getting murdered by other young black males, and they treat it as business as usual; as if those young lives don't matter as much. The gravity of the Zimmerman case pales in comparison to the children and young adults killed by random bullets fired by thugs and thug wannabes. These children are walking down the street, asleep in their beds, or are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

THERE is where the emotion, angst, and outcry should be directed, not at a case where the deceased participated in his own demise through his actions.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/19/13 - 11:55 am
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I call Baloney Sandwich on that!

"A white person becomes upset and carries an arsenal of high-powered weapons into a movie theater, school, or any other gathering and opens fire on ANY and EVERY one, *(innocent children included) and the comments are of sympathy and grace. Right is right and wrong is wrong!"

I would like for you to provide one, just ONE comment from the posters here sympathizing with the murderers in Aurora and Sandy Hook. The AC has a search function, so no excuses.

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lifelongresident 07/19/13 - 11:46 am
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dear shortcomment
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"wit da name lik marquez nuthin else needs to be said" we all know it was a black-on-black crime between 2 thugs both owf which were in illegally possessing handguns. its a no brainers...meanwhile on 13th street the local race pimps attempting to model themselves after their "massa's" rev al and brutha jessie are having confabs regaring the "thug in training" trayvon. but as you can see with the blk-on-blk crimes no marches, no protests, no tributes, no calls of "raaaaaaaacism", to pictures or interviews "with da sorry azz" parents or relitives..."jess 2 po black boys shootin up each uddah on a thursday nite" with one dead and the other at the taxpayer's expense being treated at the local hospital and if he survivies will then go down to the social security office and apply for and be granted a SSDI check "fo da ress of he life"....

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