PHOTOS | A mother's fight for justice
On Aug. 5, 2016, Jamarion was killed in a rapid spray of bullets while inside his girlfriend’s East Point apartment. Nearly three minutes of gunfire were captured on a resident’s cell phone.
“His head, hands shot off, arms, entire upper and lower torso area, down his thighs, his shins, his feet,” Monteria recalled.
Community activist Nicole Borden walked through the apartment after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation processed the scene in 2016. Bordon and Monteria believe the use of force was excessive.
“As you’re going up the stairs the numbers keep getting larger—15, 20… and you start to think like, when are you going to stop counting? I mean, No. 68. Can you imagine going to a crime scene and you see No. 68 bullet,” Borden asked, counting the police-marked bullet holes in the walls.
U.S. Marshals said Jamarion had a gun.
But Borden questioned how he could get six bullet wounds – one in the palm of his hand – if he was continuing to hold and fire a weapon.
And one year later, his mom wants answers.
“We’re asking for transparency. These officers need to be held accountable,” Monteria demanded. “I want the world to know my son was shot, 76 bullets into his body. Why?
My son was handcuffed after 76 bullets entered his body. My son was dragged down a flight of stairs after being shot 76 times. Why?”
Based on the wounds he suffered, she said, it appears someone stood over his body and continued to fire their service weapons directly at his body.
“His arms are mangled. He had six bullets in the palm of his right hand. In his palm. In his left hand, he had five bullets so you tell me how someone could be holding a gun,” she pleaded. “His arms are blown to pieces. Why?
I want to know why. Why was his body riddled with bullets? Why?”