Hill Street Shooting

Friend: Actions ‘out of character’ for suspect

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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Kamikie “Chez” Wilkins, 23, has been charged with two counts of felony murder in the Newnan shooting deaths of Gregory Marquel “Quell” Anderson and Darian “Daraboo” Person.

Wilkins was taken into custody Wednesday at Atlanta Medical Center, and he remains in the hospital, according to friend Kahlia Smith.

Wilkins had not been booked into the Coweta County Jail as of late Thursday.

The shooting incident was very much out of character for Wilkins, said Smith, who has known him for three years.

“He’s just always been a good-hearted person and a good friend.”

Smith said three men, including Anderson and Person, “jumped him and that is what caused all of this.”

Shots were exchanged and Wilkins was injured in the leg. “He was shot in the knee, his knee busted open,” Smith said. Wilkins has already had one surgery and is scheduled for another.

“They’re supposed to be looking for the other guy that jumped him,” Smith said.

Officials with the Newnan Police Department did not comment on the third person involved in the altercation or the possibility that Wilkins shot in self-defense. Smith said she has heard that there may have been a fourth person involved.

“We are still trying to locate other alleged witnesses and will continue to interview everyone that can answer any questions about the incident,” said Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows. “At present, no one else is facing any charges.”

Investigators are still trying to determine how many shots were fired and who shot first. There was an altercation before the shooting and a fistfight, said Assistant Chief Rodney Riggs. Police have no motive for the altercation.

Riggs said they know what types of guns were used but are not going to release that information. A family member took Wilkins to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

Wilkins lives on the east side of downtown Newnan, while Anderson and Person live on the west side.

Smith saw Wilkins Tuesday morning and says he was in a happy mood. They were both at a friend’s house when another shooting took place earlier Tuesday on Lovelace Street.

Later Tuesday, “he went to the west side, came back to the east side and, all of a sudden, they came to jump on him,” she said.

“They had no business coming over him and jumping on him.”

People who know Wilkins “know he is not like this,” Smith said. Wilkins has two young daughters. One lives in Newnan and the other in California.

“His daughter loves her daddy. She stays with him all the time,” Smith said. “He is all for doing for his little girl.”

“He’s funny, he likes to make people happy,” she said. “He’s giving. If you need something, if you don’t have something, he gives it to you. He feeds everybody,” she said.

“It hurts,” she said of everything that has happened. “It’s hurting everybody."



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