Tiny murder victim laid to rest

Ken Watts | 5/26/2014, 1:26 p.m.
Pallbearers on May 24 carry the casket bearing the body of Kendarius Edwards to its gravesite at Resthaven Cemetery in Decatur. Photo by Ken Watts

Family and friends buried 9-month-old Kendarius Edwards on May 24, 14 days after he was shot to death by intruders at his home on To Lani Farm Road.

Police have made no arrests in his death. Four pallbearers carried the tiny casket from the hearse to its gravesite at Resthaven Cemetery in Decatur after a funeral service at Mount Ephraim Baptist Church in Atlanta.

The Rev. Darrell Edwards of Mount Ephraim led the final graveside prayers as grief-stricken loved ones bid a sad farewell.

Kendarius was killed and three women including the baby’s mother were seriously wounded on May 10, in a home invasion that police think may be related a string of shootings in South DeKalb since May 3.

Michael Philips, 29, was shot and killed that day after a party at the Mountain Lake Apartments on North Hairston Road. Police arrested Kemontay Cullins, 18, in connection with the Philips killing and later also charged brothers Oslushla Smith and Cutrez Johnson in the May 3 incident.

Alexis Malone,19, a witness to Phillips’ killing, was found shot to death in a park on Agape Way in Decatur on May 10, about five hours before the attack that killed the baby. Police believe the home invasion may have been retaliation for the shooting of Malone. They say Smith and Johnson were the baby’s uncles and either lived at the To Lani Farm Road house or had connections to it.

Police have charged Kayla Dixon with luring Malone to the park where she was killed.

Right Choice, a coalition of DeKalb pastors, is trying to raise $10,000 for a reward for information leading to an arrest in the baby’s death. Bishop Quincey Carswell said they have already raised $5,000.

Investigators are trying to determine whether two murders at the Walden Pond Townhomes off Snapfinger Woods Drive on May 19 are connected to the shooting spree. The bodies of Shaniqua Camacho, 20, of Lawrenceville and 21-year-old Sonia Williams of Norcross were found at the complex on Shellbark Road.

It’s not known why the women were in the complex.