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Nizzear's grandmother can forgive, but can never forget


CARROLLTON, Ga. (WXIA) – Thirteen-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez picked out the color of his room -- and then he painted it himself.

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The mattress on the bed where he was killed is now gone, but his things remain -- like the agonizing memories.

His mother is inconsolable with grief, his grandmother is distraught, that a killer could climb the 16 stairs, right past her bedroom and shoot the boy she raised without hearing a shot.

Suspects in teen's death appear in court


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Three of the suspects accused in connection with the death of a 13-year-old boy shot in his Carrollton home made their first court appearances on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested 21-year-old Kenneth Wheat, 24-year-old Jackquline Leann Freeman, and 34-year-old Oleida Ward in the death of Nizzear Rodriguez. Police say Rodriguez was shot in his bed hours after he celebrated his 13th birthday.

Police close in on motive in murder of 13-year old


CARROLLTON,Ga -- With almost certainty, Carrollton police say Nizzear Rodriguez, 13, was not the target of two suspects who walked into his home early Sunday morning and shot him in the head.

But police may be closing in on a motive behind the mistaken identity shooting. "We are looking into different reasons they might have been at that location and why they went to that particular apartment," said Capt. Chris Dobbs.

One reason may be because of what happened at a Carrollton bar an hour or two before Rodriguez was killed. Capt. Dobbs said two of the suspects in the murder, Malik Davis, 17, and Ken Wheat, 21, were at that bar and one of them got involved in an altercation.

Police make fourth arrest in shooting death of teen


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The Carrollton Police Department has made a fourth arrest in the shooting death 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez.

A second suspect, Kenneth Wheat, 21, was picked up around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. A third suspect, 24-year-old Jackquline Leann Freeman, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

Those arrests came just a day after a 17-year-old Malik Davis was arrested in connection with the murder. Authorities believe Davis and Wheat were in the house when Rodriquez was shot. Freeman is accused of driving Davis and Wheat from the scene. Police do not believe she drove them to the scene.

Friends, family remember 13-year-old killed in Carrollton


CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. – Friends, family and members of the community are coming together to remember a 13-year-old boy fatally shot in his bedroom.

Authorities say 17-year-old Malik Davis went into Nizzear Rodriguez's bedroom and shot him while he was in bed, according to Capt. Chris Dobbs of the Carrollton Police Department.

A makeshift memorial for Rodriguez sits outside his home, where the teen was remembered for his smile and warmness.

"Nizzear was family to all of us -- he showed love to everybody," said family friend Annette Boykin.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Carroll County's unemployment rate was 10.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.