Friends reflect on Hill Street victims
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Marquel Anderson had wanted to be a rapper since he was in elementary school. He’d become well-known in Coweta County. His first cousin, Darian Person, liked to rap, too, but “he was a quiet person, a homebody, low key,” said family friend Holly Pender.
Both men lost their lives Tuesday on Hill Street. The suspect in the shootings, Kamikie “Chez” Wilkins, was also wounded.
Anderson performed as “Marquel Fargo” and was also known as “Killa.”
Person grew up being called “Daraboo,” but preferred to be called “Booghotti.”
Both had attended the Newnan Boys and Girls Clubs for a time, and both attended Newnan High School.
Anderson was about to sign with a record label, said Pender.
Tamarkus Cook, pastor of St. Smyrna Baptist Church, went to elementary school with Anderson and remembered him wanting to be a rapper even then.
During recess at Atkinson Elementary, “it was nothing for him to come up with a verse or two,” Cook said.
More recently, he had become “revered as a legitimate entertainer,” Cook added. “It’s not uncommon for you to ride down the street and hear someone playing his music … he was very serious about it and he had done a couple of performances here as well.”
Anderson, Person and several other friends were also known as the Sharks, a rap group, according to Pender. They wore #Shark T-shirts “so everybody knew they were together,” Pender said.
Just a few hours before his death at 3:19 p.m. Person posted about the Sharks on his Facebook page. The people you keep around are a direct reflection of yourself, Person said.
“We ain't no gang, or on da bullshit,” he said. Instead, they were just a group of guys who grew up in the Lynch Park/Duncan Street area. They “came up together, took losses together n stand together,” he said. They had their ups and downs, but “still manage to connect again.”
“[Many of them] were doing good. They were not out there in all this different mess. Everybody had started bettering himself,” Pender said. “When you start to change, reality just comes back to you … trouble just comes back to you.”
A prayer vigil for the families of the victims was held Wednesday night at St. Smyrna Baptist.
But it wasn’t to be just a prayer vigil, Cook said. “We’re going to take an opportunity here, as local pastors and clergy, to urge these young people to commit to peace.”
“Families on both side suffer,” Cook said. There were to be special guests at the event, including a former gang member from Detroit.
“Hopefully this will start something, that will create an environment, that we can kind of work together to keep this kind of thing from happening,” Cook said.