A nine-month-old baby boy who was shot dead by four masked gunmen this weekend was a senseless victim in an escalating cycle of murders and shootings outside Atlanta, police say.
Little Kendarius Edwards was killed as his mother tried desperately to protect him when the killers kicked down the door of his DeKalb County, Georgia, home Saturday – looking to retaliate for a murder two weeks ago and the killing of a 19-year-old witness, detectives believe.
Detectives have now released the names of two teens who they believe are responsible for the murders that kicked off the spate of violence.
Cutrez Johnson, 16, aka ‘Lil Red,’ and Oslushla Smith, 19, aka ‘Budda’ or ‘Boo’ live at the house on Lani Farm Road where the boy was killed Saturday, theAtlanta Journal-Constitution.
They weren’t home when the gunmen broke in – but Kendarius and three women, age 36, 23, were.
The shooters, all wearing black masks chased the women through the house. The victims tried to lock themselves in a bedroom, but their assailants kicked in the door.
Police say they sprayed the room with bullets. All three women were wounded, though the injuries were not life-threatening. The baby boy was killed.