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Athens teen remains hospitalized as police continue deadly gang shootout investigation


Fatal shooting victim Alijah Nelson in a 2020 Facebook photo

By Joe Johnson

An Athens teen remained hospitalized Monday as police continued to investigate what they called a gang-related shootout last week in which another teen was killed.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, 19-year-old Alijah Nelson of Scandia Circle on Friday afternoon was killed in a shootout with Deneritus Marquies Wilson, 18, of Fourth Street.

“Initial investigation indicates that the two subjects were known to each other and the shooting stemmed from a gang-related dispute,” said Lt. Shaun Barnett, ACCPD’s public information officer said.

Deneritus Marquies Wilson

A specific motive was unknown and the investigation continued on Monday.

Police do not usually release the name of street gangs with which members are affiliated.

However, police said that Nelson was one of several gang members who were arrested in December during an operation by the Northeast Georgia Regional Drug Task Force and agents with the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force.

Both teens posted Facebook photos with traditional gang trappings such as guns, money and smoking blunts.


A screenshot of a TikTok video of Deneritus Wilson dancing to rap music while holding a pistol and rifle
Alijah Nelson fans out bills in a display of money

Police previously said they responded to the shootout at about 4:45 p.m. to an area between Citgo at 145 Gaines School Road and the Goodwill store in the Willowood strip mall on Lexington Road.

Nelson had been killed and the Wilson was transported by National EMS to the hospital with injuries that police indicated he was expected to survive.

In an apparently related matter, police said they were investigating a house in the 1500 block of East Broad Street that was shot up at about 1:40 a.m. Monday. A part of the house that was targeted was a bedroom formerly occupied by a 20-year-old male, police said, whose family indicated that "he has relationships with people that were involved in the shooting on Gaines School Road..."

No one was injured in Monday's incident.

The investigation is ongoing, and police asked for anyone with information regarding the incident to call 706-613-3330.

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Arthur Crumpton
Arthur Crumpton
Oct 26, 2022

Matthew 16:26


What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

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emccorkle
emccorkle
Oct 25, 2022
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Great!

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Albert Osteen
Albert Osteen
Oct 25, 2022

Perhaps a study by Harvard economists finding ACC to be worse than 98% of counties (n=2,478) for upward mobility of children from poor families PLUS the great inflation and local housing crisis can explain the recent rash of shootings. Gang or not, these cases all smack of hopelessness and anger manifesting as a personal conflict between two people that escalates to a shooting. The DA and whatever level of police presence are irrelevant. When such a large swath of the local population was never given a chance and guns are everywhere (whether one likes it or not), these shootings are inevitable. But you Oconee boomers shouldn't worry about any of the Sharks or Cobras targeting you in the Outback Steakhouse…

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Albert Osteen
Albert Osteen
Oct 25, 2022
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Not in Athens-Clarke County, according to Harvard economists that I doubt were from low income families in Athens-Clarke County... Maybe at the Lakewood Church, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth!

By the way, I doubt the percentage of pregnant 14 year old girls that voluntarily "let themselves be knocked up" is all that high.

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preciousclarkwms
preciousclarkwms
Oct 24, 2022

Remember, you shall also be judged.

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Arthur Crumpton
Arthur Crumpton
Oct 25, 2022
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I know! That’s why I don’t commit crimes or get into shoot outs at gas stations! I’m not a brainless prideful anima. I think before I act. God is watching

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Arthur Crumpton
Arthur Crumpton
Oct 24, 2022

And soon after the shooting Alijah stood naked in front of God, where the book was opened and he was judged!

And all his pridefulness, posturing on social media with money, all his fake fellowship with his gang and his rotten evil ways did not save him.

And Deneritus Marquies Wilson will have the same fate, unless he finds Jesus AND repents (hardly likely)

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KeKeepE'mHating
KeKeepE'mHating
Oct 25, 2022
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😩🤦🏾‍♀️

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