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One year after teen's death, have things changed in Carrollton?

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- One year after he was killed while sleeping in his own bed, Nizzear Rodriguez continues to inspire the city of Carrollton.

"He was an amazing kid, I can't believe how many people he touched around here," said Kaheel Balson, Nizzear's father.

 Nizzear was killed on August 24, 2014, just hours after celebrating his 13th birthday.

"We respect each other": Why a neighbor took down his Confederate flag

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- For the last two months, the Confederate flag has dominated the news. Most stories surrounding it have been enveloped in animosity, with some calling it a symbol of heritage and others calling it a symbol of hate.

But this story comes from a viewer who recently saw it as a symbol of communication.

On Ashley Drive in Carrollton, many houses look the same. Jimmy Bolden, Jr. does not.

Police: Teacher kidnapped, killed by husband's girlfriend


CARROLLTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Police say a longtime special needs teacher was killed by her kidnapper following a chase that crossed state lines on Thursday.

According to Clayton County police, 49-year-old Sandra Barnett, a teacher McNair Middle School, died after her kidnapper shot her in a car stopped on the middle of Interstate 20. The suspect then shot herself, police said.

UPDATE: Coworkers: Victim's husband is former NFL player

Man charged with killing pregnant woman

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A man has been arrested in the shooting death of a pregnant Carrollton mother.

Tyrail Arrenzo Wynn was taken into custody early Friday. He was charged with murder, feticide, aggravated assault, burglary, cruelty to children and marijuana possession.


Wynn, 25, was emotionless during his first court appearance Friday morning, even after a judge told him he could face the death penalty for the murder charge. The feticide charge carries a possible punishment of life in prison.

Wynn's wife was arrested on a drug charge at the same time as her husband. She has not been charged in connection with the murder.

Pregnant woman shot to death in front of toddler

CARROLLTON, Ga. – The mother of a pregnant woman murdered in her apartment is making a public plea to help police catch her daughter's killer.

Family members found Nakita Holland's body Monday evening inside her home at 150 Bennett Circle. They asked the landlord to let them into the apartment after they were unable to contact the victim. When they got inside, they found Holland dead and her 2-year-old daughter crying, unable to understand what had happened or get help.

"It's hard man just to look and see her sister cry, it's hard. Her sister stayed up all night, she won't sleep, it hurts," said Nikki Brewer, one of Holland's close friends.

Small plane lands on Carroll County road

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- No one was hurt when a small plane was forced to land on a Carroll County road Thursday morning.

The Beech 35 aircraft landed at around 8 a.m. on Georgia 100 near Mitchell Road, not far from the Georgia-Alabama border. No cars were on that particular stretch of road at the time.

The pilot, Lewis Barnes, who is from Alabama, said he was flying his son-in-law back home to Acworth after a family vacation in Destin, Fla. He said there was enough fuel to make the trip, but bad weather and a faulty gauge left them with low fuel and nowhere to land.

Traffic control suggested that they land at the Carrollton airport but after several failed attempts, Barnes was forced to find somewhere safe to put the plane down.

The only reported damage to the aircraft was a small dent in its wing.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

Teen identified in fatal Carrollton brawl, shooting

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Police have confirmed that a teen is dead after what appears to be a large brawl in Carrollton, Ga.

Police received a call Saturday around 4 p.m. at Paradise Apartments on Cedar Street in response to numerous calls of fights in the area.

Police went out to the area several times to subdue the incident.

Later that day, police said several of the same people in those incidents ended up at a westside bar and grill on Alabama Street.

As the bar was shutting down around 1 a.m. Sunday, police heard that several girls got into a fight on the street and a group of boys got into a fight as well.

During the scuffle, there was one gunshot fired which struck a teen, identified as Timbarland Crowder, 17, in the chest.

Friends drove Crowder three miles to Tanner Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.