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Police: Nizzear Rodriguez murder suspect intended to kill someone else

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A police detective said one of three suspects accused of murdering 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez meant to shoot someone else.

Carroll County Detective Blake Hitchcock revealed the information Friday during a hearing for the suspects. He said 17-year-old Malik Davis went to the Carrollton apartment complex with the intention of killing a rival gang member who lived next door to Rodriguez, but entered the wrong home. Police said earlier that Davis has had confrontations with other residents of the apartment complex.

Investigators believe Davis and Kenneth Wheat were inside the boy's bedroom when he died, while Jackquline Freeman acted as a getaway driver. All three are charged with murder.

New details emerge in killing of 13-year-old boy

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- For the first time Carrollton Police are saying how they believe 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez was killed.

Three people are facing murder charges. According to Carrollton Police Detective Blake Hitchcock one of the suspects, Kenneth Wheat, admitted to being in the house right before the fatal shot was fired.

"Ken goes up by the second step, thinks something is not right and turns around, goes back down the steps and walks out," Hitchcock testified in court Friday morning. "He says Malik is up the stairs at this point. Ken goes out the front door. At some point he hears the gun shot."

Watch #RaiseYourVoice: Stop the violence

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Nizzear Rodriguez was shot and killed as he lay in his bed, hours after celebrating his 13th birthday. In the days since his death, the Carrollton community has spoken out about growing gang violence in the neighborhood. As 11Alive reporters returned to the area day after day, we heard more and more suggestions from neighbors and friends -- ways to come together and help bring positive change from a tragic situation.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Villa Rica mother arrested for leaving 2 kids in hot car

Villa Rica mother arrested for leaving 2 kids in hot car

VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A Villa Rica woman has been charged with reckless conduct and first-degree cruelty to children for leaving her two kids inside a hot car.

Witnesses spotted the children, ages 2 and 6, inside a car in the parking lot of a Villa Rica Walmart at around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Villa Rica Police Capt. K.L. Shaddix said investigators determined 39-year-old Ananya Lively arrived at the store at around 2:53 p.m. She unrolled the windows about 1 to 2 inches, but did not leave the car running when she entered the Walmart alone.

The witnesses determined one of the car's doors was unlocked. Shaddix said they opened the door to allow cooler air inside the vehicle. Both children were asleep in the backseat.

Paramedics evaluated the children and gave them some water to drink. They were hot, sweating and thirsty, but otherwise unharmed, and were released to a relative's custody, Shaddix said.

4-year-old child dies in Carroll County house fire

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- Carroll County firefighters were dispatched to a house fire on Center Point Road, about 3 miles south of I-20, at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Rescuers found an 18-year-old woman on the roof of the structure who had escaped the flames on the top floor of the house. After rescuing her, they entered the home, where they rescued a woman, and found the body of a 4-year-old boy. His body was found in a room where fire officials said they believe the fire started.

Several other family members were able to escape the home without injuries. The child's mother and the 18-year-old were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries and burns.

Hundreds attend Carrollton teen's funeral

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Hundreds of people joined together Saturday to remember the life of ​Nizzear Rodriguez, the 13-year-old boy who was shot to death in his sleep two weeks ago.

His friends and family members wore white and blue to the funeral service at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton.

The family pastor said white was sacred and blue was Nizzear's favorite color.

"It was a celebration," said Pastor Jerry Boykin. "He brought joy. He brought goodness to those around him. We thank God for what he brought to other people's lives."

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Stories around the tragedy of Nizzear's death and efforts to reduce crime in the community