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APD arrest suspect in murder of Atlanta teen

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Atlanta Police have arrested a man and charged him with murder in the shooting death of an Atlanta teen on May 30.

Justin Collier was arrested in DeKalb County on June 18 and taken to the Fulton County Jail. He's been charged with the murder of 18 year-old Joshua Torrance, who had just graduated with honors from B.E.S.T. in Atlanta on May 25.

"Most of us have grown up together since we were younger," said Crystal Crawford, a friend from Joshua's church.  "We knew each other before we even knew each other, so it really hurts to know that Josh is gone when he was just starting his life. I love him so much and I miss him," she continued.

Joshua was a HOPE Scholarship recipient who planned to attend Albany State University.

He wanted to become an engineer or architect.

The university's president attended his service.

"He was always ready for a forward progression," said Lanarion Norwood Jr., a friend of Joshua's. "That's why he joined a lot of sports teams, that's why he joined JROTC, so he could keep his self busy, keep his self productive."

Joshua was known as an energetic guy who often told edgy jokes and kept a sense of humor.

"He was very funny," Crawford said. "There was never a dull moment with Joshua. If you were not laughing, he was in a mood. He was always laughing. He was always joking around," she added.

Joshua is one of several teens who have been shot and killed in Atlanta in the last few months.

It's a problem community leaders and police have been trying to stop.

For now, his personality and potential remain only in the memories of another young life cut short in a deadly few months for teens in Metro Atlanta.

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