Father of 4 killed on porch in northwest Atlanta

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Police returned to a northwest Atlanta street Friday afternoon with a K-9 officer, hoping to sniff out new clues in a fatal overnight shooting.

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Loved ones told FOX 5’s Portia Bruner the victim is 40-year-old DeMarco Edwards of Atlanta.

His cousin, who did not want to reveal her name, said Edwards had 3 sons and a daughter under the age of 15.

"He loved his children. He was going to pick up his children today and they were looking forward to seeing him, but now they'll never see him again. Whoever did this took a very special father away from these kids," the cousin said with tears in her eyes.”

A man who lives in the same Simmons Street duplex where Edwards was killed told FOX 5 he heard several gunshots, then ducked near his couch. He showed Bruner where several bullets pierced his front door and the one that struck the wall right above the couch where he was sitting.

Witnesses said they heard as many as 20 shots fired.

"This just doesn't make any sense. He was a good guy," the man said as he sat a few feet from his shattered glass front door.


Atlanta Police say the motive for the shooting remains under investigation. They have not yet released a description of the gunman involved.

Police who were called to the home in the 600 block of Simmons Street just before midnight found the victim inside the house but said the actual shooting took place on the porch.

Paramedics rushed the victim to Grady Memorial Hospital, but he didn't survive.

Detectives pointed to numerous evidence markers on the street, saying they represent shell casing from the deadly shooting. They have no motive for the killing or suspect description.