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Three gang members charged with murder for Athens child’s death in drive-by shooting

Julian Omar Cubillos

By Joe Johnson

Three suspected gang members have been charged with murder in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed a 3-year-old boy at the Hallmark Estates trailer park in east Athens.

Julian Cubillos was arrested early Saturday, and warrants for the arrests of two others had been secured, according to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

Cubillos, 17 years old and from Lawrenceville, was arrested with the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, ACCPD said.

He was booked into jail at 3:30 a.m. for malice murder, criminal gang activity and multiple counts of aggravated assault for the death of Kyron Zarco, who was on a couch with his brother watching TV when a fusillade of bullets tore through their home at about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The 9-year-old brother was also struck by the gunfire and is hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

“I am sickened by this heinous crime, and my heart aches for the grieving family, friends and loved ones who are suffering such a tragic loss,” Police Chief Jerry Saulters said. “The Athens-Clarke County Police Department will dedicate our full strength and resources to bring the killers to justice."

Facing the same charges as Cubillos are Jayden Brown, 16, Athens, and Dakious Echols, 18, both of Athens.

All three suspects are said to belong to the EBE street gang, and the deadly shooting arose from a fued with the rival RTG gang. A teenage RTG member who was in the home with the young victims is thought by police to have been the intended target of the drive-by.

ACCPD has requested the public's assistance with the ongoing investigation, and urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact Detective Paul Johnson at 762-400-7060 or,

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrests of Brown and Echols.

Anonymous tips can be made by calling the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 706-705-4775.

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Friends I hate these animals. I hope they all rot in Hell. But let's step back for a moment.... these guys are in the drug business. If shots are fired, even the ones that kill innocent children, they are fired because of a money beef or a drug beef. And any money comes from drugs. Any of us who snicker at the foolish efforts to control drugs in America are snickering at the drug gangs that push the stuff. Even most marijuana is traceable back to a cartel. We either need to legalize it (not my choice) or eradicate it. Am I right? Is there another way? Of course, enforcing the laws we have is a start, b…

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Of course addiction plays a role, but these criminals push the less addictive stuff too. Pot is basically recreational but in very high demand in a college town. Less demand, less crime.


Another Girtz Homicide


Good work police.

More funding for police. MORE MONEY FOR POLICE!

These animals need to be put down.

Restorative justice: restore and reinstate Old Sparky. Ahhh, the smell of burning Georgia heart-pine and the arcing sound of loose electrical connections.

100,000 VOLTS of justice.

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Wait a minute! Be careful what you say or you're going to run a foul of the

left-wing liberal progressive wackos who said to defund the police because THEY are the ones responsible for all the violence in America!

Defund and disarm the police and all our problems will be solved.

That's what former Commissioner Mariah Parker said!

And we ALL KNOW how RIGHT she was...about EVERYTHING!!

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