Shooter still at large

Funeral today for woman found dead in Union City

by Wes Mayer


Victim Jennifer Ann Gatewood, left, and suspect Irwin C. Dresbach, right.

Funeral services for a Newnan woman authorities believe was killed Saturday in Union City will be held tonight at Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home on Bullsboro Drive.

On Saturday, officers with the Union City Police Department responded to the Garden Inn Suites on Shannon Parkway in reference to a person being shot, according to authorities. There, they found Jennifer Ann Gatewood, 25, who had been killed by a gunshot wound.

Authorities believe Gatewood’s boyfriend, Irwin C. Dresbach, 32, was the shooter.

“It has really, really shocked our lives,” said Gatewood’s step-father, Pete Brown. “I don’t understand how anybody could do that to such a beautiful girl. I hope and pray they catch him, and this doesn’t ever happen to any other family.”

Police are now on the lookout for Dresbach, and believe he may have fled to either Alabama or South Carolina in a white Dodge Durango. According to the lookout posting, he is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with details on his whereabouts have been asked to contact the Union City Police Department at 770-515-7836.

“My main concern is her son,” said Gatewood’s mother, Carol Brown, “and I hope they capture this guy. Just knowing he’s out there is driving me crazy.”

Gatewood’s son, Cohen Tyler Wilder, is 4 years old. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, friends and family make donations to Wilder’s future educational expenses.

Online condolences may also be sent to the family at

The family will be holding a viewing at the chapel from 3 to 5 p.m., followed immediately by the service from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Gatewood’s uncle, Ken Eaton, will officiate the service.

Carol Brown said she knows she will get some closure at the service, but will not get full closure until Dresbach is in custody.

More Local

Sheriff warns of new phone scam

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the community that another prepaid card phone scam is happening. This time, the caller ... Read More

Newnan City Council to meet Thursday evening

Just a reminder that the second October meeting for the Newnan City Council will be on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. and not on Tuesday afte ... Read More

Correction to Northgate Football game time

Local students prepare for homecomings

The 2015 Homecoming celebrations for all three Coweta County High Schools are this week. East Coweta High School’s (ECHS) Homecoming t ... Read More

Bohannon anniversary concert Tuesday

  Iconic musical artist Hamilton Bohannon will celebrate 50 years in the music industry on Tuesday with a concert. The Bohannon Element ... Read More

Simple Pleasures

Midnight Tuesday is deadline for photography contest

Deadline for the McRitchie Hollis Museum’s 7th Annual Simple Pleasures Photography Competition is Tuesday at midnight. Award-winning p ... Read More

Low-cost healthcare clinic opens in Senoia

For many years, Your Town Health has wanted to open a clinic in Coweta County. It has finally happened. The local community medical center o ... Read More