Teenager murdered; killer at large

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 First at Five, August 6, 2007

WAYNESBORO, GA---The hunt is on for a killer after a 16-year-old boy is gunned down in his neighbor's front yard.

It happened Sunday night in Waynesboro. This is the first murder for the city of Waynesboro Police Department in more than two years, but for the victim's family, this is just the latest act of violence to claim a loved one.

Family members remember 16-year-old Damian Wright as a "good spirited person. A good hearted person. That always kept a smile on his face."

Sunday night the teenager was shot two times with a rifle. A horrific scene in his neighbors yard, just feet from his own home. One relative who does not want her identity revealed says she heard the gunshots from down the street and rushed to Damian's side, it's where she stayed until he took his last breath. "I'm sad for my cousin because that was a child."

Now GBI investigators are trying to figure out how Damian's simple walk down the street turned into a crime scene of this magnitude.

Was damian the target? Or, an innocent bystander? GBI investigators confirm there was a fight between two people involving a handgun and a rifle. Officers say multiple gunshots were fired, but as of now, they don't know if damian had a gun or not.

A recent incident report shows Damian was also hit by a bullet just three weeks ago at Magnolia Acres housing area in Waynesboro. His family maintains that shooting was an accident and they do not believe the two shootings are related. GBI investigators aren't so sure.

"I'm mad because my daddy just died and now he died." says Wright's 13-year-old cousin Dallas Chandler. He says he can't bear to look at the place his cousin lost his life so close to home. "That dude shot my cousin for nothing."

Damian's fate is much like his own mothers. She was shot in a front yard of a Waynesboro home by her husband when he was just a baby.

As for a suspect, witnesses are telling investigators the shooter was a man in his thirties that goes by the name Miami or Miami E. GBI investigators say they don't have a formal name at this time and are investigating the possibility that he has already left the state.


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  • by landy Location: florida on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    well said Lucy!!!!
  • by Travia Location: Waynesboro on Aug 20, 2007 at 07:52 PM
    Everybody hating on my girl Lucy but you must admit she have some valid points. I really feel for this young man because he never experienced his full potential of living a life free from trouble. This child grew up in a family surrounded by drugs and violance and until the community stands up and say no more, there will be other 16 year olds slain in the streets. If your not a criminal don't live by their standards, if you see something or someone up to no good call the police. Let's stop pretending that this house and houses like it don't exist. Wake up Waynesboro We must take our streets back from the criminals. Don't be SCAREDDDDD!!!!!
  • by KAY Location: Waynesboro on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:06 AM
    My sympathy goes out to the family. It is sad when someone so young life ends too soon. We have to view things as it is, "It was all in GODS plan." Dead is never cheerful when, someone young, who just really began to live dies, but we Must go on! I was reading the comments left by others and it bothered me. Its obvious that there are some small minds out there. This was a 16yrs old, and yes there was spelling errors and incorrect english used, however, it was from a child who was expressing her feelings towards the deceased. The town is grieving, all who knew him and some the didn't feel that pain. Waynesboro is a small town and we all feel like family, and to think instead of showing sympathy you comment on other things that doesn't even matter. Now thats sad! Also something to think to think about. Again, my deepest SYMPATHY goes out to the Chandler, Wright, and Hughes family
  • by Alicia Location: Waynesboro on Aug 11, 2007 at 07:42 PM
    I was reading the comments posted on this page and for a second got up set with Lucy. By the comments I can tell that you are young. I've known Damian's family for years and I use to live next door to them years ago. I'm not sure how old you are boo but when you become grown and have children of your own you will understand. It's so easy for people to judge when there is only one JUDGE! Damian was a wonderful person and a good child. Did you know that bad things happen to good people or being in the wrong place at the wrong time may be a factor? My advise to you would be, "Be careful about what you say", because it could've easily been you or someone you know. No one knows the Lord's plans. The moment you where born the Lord already knew how you would leave here. It makes me sad to see and hear how young people think and how we tend to tear down our own. I've read these comments and didn't really see anything wrong with them. Your comments makes you slightly ignorant! I'll pray for you
  • by melisa Location: waynesboro on Aug 11, 2007 at 03:19 PM
    ITS A VERY SAD THING THAT HAPPEN TO THE FAMILY.JUST A WEEK AGO SHE BURIED HER HUSBAND NOW HER GRANDCHILD.MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM. GOD BLESS
  • by Anna Location: Hephzibah on Aug 8, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    I agree with Lucy100% about the ignorant people living in the area.You can detect the ignorance and illiteracy in the spelling of the words thatthey use and the misuse of the words.
  • by Porsha Location: Waynesboro on Aug 7, 2007 at 03:06 PM
    To the family of Mr.Damian Wright, I first would like to send a sympathetic apology and my prayers are with his family and friends. I know there are no words to express how hurt you really are and there's no justification for the way things happened.I can only pray for your strenght and understanding of why GOD allows things to happen. As of now you can only remember the way things were, however, "remember that the future is ahead of you" and that you need to go on.Base your lives on the "good things" that he did do while he was here (smile and live on). Everyone has their say but "GOD" has the final say!!! Again my "prayers" are with you all.
  • by FELISHA Location: WAYNESBORO on Aug 7, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    DONE ABOUT IT.THERE HAS ALSO BEEN OTHER FIGHTS HERE AT THIS SAME LOCATION OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND I'M NOT SAYIN THAT ITS THE HOUSE OWNERS FAULT OR ANYTHIN I'M SAYIN ITS DA POLICE THAT IS LETIN THIS TYPE OF **** GO ON AND NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.U KNOW IT SEEN TO ME AND OTHERS THAT THIS HOUSE IS JUST A TARGET ITSELF AND THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE DONT KNOW IT WELL I ALSO THINK THAT THE HOUSE IS BAD LUCK CAUSE EVERTHING ALWAYS HAPPEN IN THERE AND THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE DONT EVEN BE KNOWING WHATS GOIN ON HALF OF TIME CAUSE THEY BE IN THE HOUSE SLEEP OR AT WORK AND THEY HAVE TO COME HOME,OR WALK UP TO SOMETHING BAD EVERY TIME OVER THERE.AND THIS IS FOR LUCY GOO TO **** CAUSE DAMAIN WAS NOT A BAD PERSON HE WAS A GOOD PERSON HOW BOUT U TELL US SOMETHING BOUT HOW U WAS BACK IN YO DAY OKAY AND IF SOMEBODY WAS A BAD PERSON **** PEOPLE CHANGE..I LOVE U D.W.
  • by FELISHA Location: WAYNESBORO on Aug 7, 2007 at 01:39 PM
    DAMAIN WRIGHT WAS LIKE FAMILY TO ME CAUSE HE WAS KIN TO MY LIL BROTHER AND SISTER. AND I REALLY MISS HIM ITS JUST HURTS SO BAD TO HAVE BEEN THERE AND COULDNT DO NOTHING ABOUT IT CAUSE IT HAPPEN SO QUICK.BOY I REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN I FIRST MET HIM WE WHERE LIL AND HE HE USE TO RUN UP AND KISS ME ON THE JAWS AND I USE TO GET MAD AT HIM BUT I WOULD KILL TO HAVE HIM BACK HERE WITH US KISSIN ME ON THE JAWS AGAIN LOOKIN BACK AT IT I LAUGH FOR A SEC.THEN I CRY THINKIN BOUT HOW I SEEN HIM DIE.I LOVE U BOO AND U WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AN D THATS A PROMISE IAND WILL KEEP THIS ONE I KNOW I PROMISE U SOMETHING A WHILE BACK BUT I NEVER GOT CHANCE TO GIVE IT TO U AND I AM SO SORRY FOR THAT.AND TO THE COPS DOWN HERE THEY AINT **** CAUSE IF THEY WAS THEY WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT THIS HOUSE BEFORE WHICH WAS A MONTH AGO WHEN ME AND A GIRL GOT INTO A FIGHT AND WE BOTH WAS STAB IN PLACES WHERE WE COULD HAVE LOSE OUR LIFES WE WHERE IN THE EXACT SPOT WHERE HE DIED FIGHTIN AND NOTHING WAS
  • by Lucy on Aug 7, 2007 at 12:28 PM
    When I read some of these people's comments, I feel just as sorry for them, as the victim in the story they are commenting about. Oh my gosh. It amazes me the amount of ignorant people that live in this area. Yes, I feel sorry for this boy and his family. No, he didn't deserve to die. Yet, I have to wonder why he was a target. Trouble usually finds trouble. I have to believe that if he was a "good boy", he may not have been in this situation to begin with. When are people going to learn that it is much easier to try to and follow the rules, get an education (it's free !!!), get a good job, go to church, get married, raise decent children, and be thankful you live in America where you have the right to be anything you want to be! Those who choose give all this up, are only asking for failure...or in this case, the grave.
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