ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) Police are still looking for the person who shot and killed a man inside the 500 Apartments on Northside Circle in Northwest Atlanta.
That man is 24-year-old DeAngelo Earley. His family tells CBS46’s Melissa Stern they’re desperate for help getting his body back to Ohio for a proper burial.
“I think getting him back to Ohio would be a great start to closure,” said Clarence Mitchell, Earley’s grandfather.
Earley was shot and killed in broad daylight on a Tuesday, August 13th.
“And he was shot 17 times,” Mitchell said, “I think it had to do with money. I think the person who killed him got greedy…I don’t know, until they catch the person who did this, I don’t know if we’ll ever know the truth until it all comes out.”
Earley’s four siblings his parents live in Cleveland, Ohio, but his body remains in the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“No money to bury him, no money to get him back to Ohio,” Mitchell added, “I would like to see him have a final resting place there, his family is not in shape to come down here, they haven’t even been able to come down here to see him, view the body, or anything.”
Police believe Earley was shot inside an apartment, but said he walked outside and down a flight of stairs where he collapsed.
“From the detective, he was determined not to die in that apartment,” Mitchell said, “I don’t know how anyone could stand up and pull a trigger to shoot someone 17 times, you are heartless, coldblooded, and you don’t need to be on the streets.”
Investigators concluded this due to a trail of blood. Earley died on the scene.
“It’s just still mind-boggling, I just really can’t comprehend it,” added Mitchell.
Police have not given a description of the shooter or given a motive in the case of the fatal shooting.
“They had issued an active arrest warrant for some guy, he told me there were two people…there were two people, they knew exactly who one was, they would soon have the second one identified, and they would have them in custody, since he told me that it’s been a couple of weeks and they still haven’t apprehended anyone,” said Mitchell.
“Get him off the street before he kills someone else,” Earley’s grandmother, Decarol Earley, said about the shooter.
Now, Earley’s grandparents are asking for the community’s help getting their grandson’s body back to Ohio.
“He can be close to his family,” said Mitchell.
Earley’s family started this GoFundMe to help raise money to get his body back to Ohio: https://www.gofundme.com/f/deangelo-earley?rcid=r01-156632867249-5cf6838e34b64c99&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (404)577-TIPS(8477).