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‘I know somebody heard him’: Family pleads for answers on 12-year-old son’s murder

Atlanta Crime Stoppers has offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the unsolved murder.
Published: Feb. 23, 2022 at 12:58 PM EST
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ATLANTA (CBS46) -- A year after the murder of 12-year-old David Mack from southwest Atlanta, his family is still waiting for answers and an arrest.

“I immediately ran to him; all I wanted him to be is alive,” said David’s father, Darius Mack. “Maybe he’s got a little bit of breath, some kind of life in him so I could save him.”

Nine months have passed since Darius made the gruesome discovery. “He was laying face down,” continued Darius. " I approached him, turned him over... my son had bullet holes in him.”

Darius was reported missing the night of February 9 by his family. His body was found the next day, near a creek off of Shirley Street in southwest Atlanta.

CSI Atlanta investigators with CBS46 obtained exclusive Ring camera video of the last time David Mack was seen on his grandmother’s porch on Shirley Street in southwest Atlanta. He was going to a friend’s home, but never made it.

“They actually put the gun up to his forehead and shot him, shot him several more times,” said David’s grandmother, Glenda Mack.

Residents near the crime scene told police the night of Mack’s disappearance, they heard several gunshots behind their homes, but didn’t realize anyone had been shot.

The CSI Atlanta team went door-to-door in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood to see if anyone remembered anything about that tragic night. While most would not answer the door, at least one person said they always hear gunshots behind their home.

The family believes a neighbor heard him and saw the suspected perpetrators running in the opposite direction. They also remain frustrated with the apparent lack of information.

David’s family told CBS46 they were looking forward to planning his 13th birthday celebration. Instead, they were forced to plan his funeral.

They describe Darius as an outgoing child. He was in seventh grade at Young Middle School. “He’s always wanted to work with technology and play football. David  loves YouTube as most young children. Full of life with many aspirations and dreams,” Darius’ family wrote on a community GoFundMe, that has raised over $20,000.

According to Atlanta police, this is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 404-577-tips.