HENRY COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The Henry County District Attorney's Office is honoring victims of crimes, those who survived and those who did not.
On Thursday, D.A. Darious Pattillo joined other area leaders to plant shrubs at Big Springs Park. He said it is a peaceful place for those affected by crime to visit and reflect.
“We have to have moments like this when we just pause, reflect and recognize those we've lost we want to recognize those who are going through something right now,” said Pattillo.
Lacosta Barber's son Quintavious was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in McDonough. That was in January 2017. Barber's son was 17 years old.
“It was hard, devastating,” said Barber. “I just got myself back together.”
In November 2018, a Henry County jury convicted Deshaun Middlebrooks, 21, and Tory Jaleel Jones, 20, of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with Quintavious Barber's death. Jones was also convicted of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Middlebrooks was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 25 years. Jones was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole plus five years.
Lacosta Barber was on hand for the ceremony. She appreciates the district attorney's officer honoring victims and their families.
“Going through the trial, they was tremendous,” says Barber, “They called and checked on me every day, if not every day every other day.”
The shrubs are planted alongside the banks of the pond at Big Springs Park.
Last year, the officer planted a memorial tree. These efforts coincide with National Crime Victims' Rights Week.