WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WJBF) – The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has a murder suspect in custody.
16-year-old Vernon Rhodes was charged with aggravated assault, but those are now upgraded to murder in the killing of a 19-year-old.
It happened last week at Briarwood apartments.
T’rique McCollough was shot Friday night and died Monday.
Rhodes is being held at the Youth Detention Center.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WJBF) – The Burke County Sheriff confirms T’rique McCollough died Monday.
The 19-year-old was injured in a shooting at Briarwood Apartments last week.
The incident is under investigation.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WJBF) A 19-year-old man was injured in a shooting last night at the Briarwood Apartments in Waynesboro, Ga.
The victim was taken to the Burke County Medical Center where he was stabilized and then transported to the Augusta University Medical Center. No word on his condition, at this time.
An investigation into the shooting is underway. So far, no suspect information has been released.
Waynesboro Mayor Greg Carswell held a press conference at 11 a.m. Friday addressing violence in the area as well as a possible curfew for the remainder of the summer.
He says the victims family is in a situation no family should be in. He knows the family personally and says the young man is on life support, fighting for his life.
The victim’s grandmother, Vicky Base, says her grandson was a good kid and did not deserve this.
The mayor wants people committing these crimes to understand it will come back to them.
“We want you to understand…do not throw your life away because of a mere moment that you get an attitude or you want to fight, whatever the case is. It’s something that we will not tolerate and we would not have.”
Mayor Carswell did reinforce the curfew. If you’re under the age of 18, it is Sunday to Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on Friday and Saturday it is 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
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