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One week after tragedy, neighbors see improvements


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A neighborhood in Carrollton is picking up the pieces, one week after tragedy struck.

13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez was shot and killed while he was sleeping in his bedroom. It was only hours after he celebrated his birthday.

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

In the last week, five suspects have been arrested and community leaders have taken serious strides to ramp up security.

For a neighborhood that is in desperate need of good news...it came this week in the form of wooden poles.

Carrollton neighbors encouraged by new street lights


CARROLLTON, Ga. -- In the days following the death of 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez, members of the small Carrollton community where he lived with his grandmother, are hoping his tragic death will bring about more security measures.

Tuesday morning, Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards told 11Alive that the department would soon install more security cameras and more lights in the neighborhood, as well as stepping up their already increased patrols.

Friday, neighbors on Chancery Lane were pleased to see crews installing six new light poles. The residents told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander the street lights are the first step in a long list of necessary improvements.


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Fifth person arrested in death of Carrollton teen


CARROLLTON, Ga. – Authorities arrested a fifth person Friday in connection with the death of a 13-year-old boy who was shot in his bed.

According to Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards, 21-year-old Britannica Turner was arrested on a false statement charge.

Richards said that Turner was interviewed by police throughout the week and lied about the case more than once.

Police say Nizzear Rodriguez was shot as he slept in his home early Sunday just hours after celebrating his 13th birthday.

Nizzear's grandmother can forgive, but can never forget

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.

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.

RELATED | Police make fourth arrest in shooting death of teen

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.