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‘Monster’ who killed parkgoer must be caught, Atlanta mayor says

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 7:30 AM EDT
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ATLANTA - Atlanta’s mayor says the “monster” who stabbed a woman to death and also killed her dog in a popular Atlanta park must be taken off the streets.

But Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Tuesday that rumors are not helping police to find the killer.

In a slaying that has stoked intense interest and fear across the city, 40-year-old Katherine Janness was found just inside an entrance to Piedmont Park early on the morning of July 28.

She’d been stabbed multiple times in what an Atlanta police official described as a gruesome scene.

Her killing and another one at an Atlanta-area park have led to false reports on social media that a serial killer is on the loose in the region.

Law enforcement officials say there’s no reason to connect the cases, which occurred in parks about 20 miles from each other.

The cases are being investigated separately.

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The other slaying was a shooting at Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County.

Police have identified the victim as 18-year-old Tori Lang, of Lithonia. Police said someone in the park discovered the body underneath a tree during a morning walk and called 911.

In a statement Thursday, Gwinnett County police say that as investigators sought to identify the woman, Lang’s relatives saw information about the case and pictures of Lang’s tattoos on social media and notified law enforcement.

Police said the motive is still unknown, and no arrests have been made.

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