Suspect charged in deadly shooting of brother and sister, police say

Atlanta police are investigating after two people were shot and killed in southwest Atlanta Friday night.

Police responded to a "shots fired" call at 1185 Sells Avenue SW around 8:45 p.m. Officers found two victims inside of a car who were pronounced dead on the scene. 

Officials later identified the victims as 25-year-old Robert Bankston and  35-year-old Cedrika Smith, who are siblings.

Cedrika Smith and Robert Bankston

Police arrested and charged 35-year-old Lamorris Godfrey in connection to the shooting.

Godfrey was charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Lamorris Godfrey (Fulton County Sheriff's Office )

Family members said Godfrey and Smith were in a relationship.

"I love my children," Barbara Jean, who was the mother of the victims, said.

"This was senseless. It didn’t make any sense. It don’t make any sense," another family member said.

Family members left flowers, candles, and balloons outside the home where they lived.

For Robert Bankston’s daughter, Skylar, it’s overwhelming as she clings on to a picture with her dad from vacation.

"When I went to sleep I was shaking in my sleep and I was talking to my dad in my sleep and my auntie," Skylar Bankston said. "I’m going to miss my auntie and my dad."

Details on what led up to the shooting were not immediately available. 

Homicide investigators with the Atlanta Police Department are working to learn more. 

An investigation is ongoing.

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