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GBI investigating shooting death of sleeping 17-year-old Brooks County football player

Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 17:09:51-04

BROOKS COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a 17-year-old Brooks County High School football player died after being shot several times through the outside walls of the apartment building.

On Friday morning, approximately 1:51 a.m., the GBI was requested by Chief Roy Hart of the Quitman Police Department to investigate a shooting that took place at a Barwick Road Apartment Complex in Quitman, Georgia.

Agents and a Crime Scene Specialist responded to the scene where 17-year-old Brooks County High football player Cenquez Jermaine Perry appeared to have been shot while he was sleeping inside.

According to the report, Perry was transported to South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta where he later died from injuries he sustained during the shooting.

Investigators say Perry’s body will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab where an autopsy will be performed to determine and document his injuries and cause of death.

Preliminary information gathered from the scene and through witness interviews indicates the shots were intentionally fired through an outside wall into the apartment, the report states.

Investigators say multiple shell casings were recovered outside the apartment at the scene and the GBI Crime Scene Specialist also documented defects where multiple bullets struck the outside of the structure and penetrated through interior walls.

GBI says Agents and Quitman Police have been conducting interviews from witnesses attempting to identify anyone responsible.

Investigators ask anyone with further information about this case or who may have any information you may have seen or documented on Social Media platforms, to please contact the GBI at 229-225-4090, Quitman Police at 229-263-7556 or Brooks County 911.

This is a developing story as the case is active and ongoing.