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Pot deal goes bad; 1 man dead, 1 charged with murder

An altercation over what appeared to be a Sept. 14 drug transaction in north Fayette County resulted in the shooting death of an Atlanta man by a 25-year-old Union City man who has been charged with felony murder, law officers said.

Kevin Jemario Pope, 25, of Union City, was charged with felony murder, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said deputies at approximately 12:56 p.m. on Sept. 14 responded to a shooting at Greenview Circle in the Landmark Mobile Home Park after Fayette County 911 received a call from a man claiming that he just shot another man who tried to rob him.

“When detectives arrived they found that 25-year-old Kevin Jemario Pope, of Union City, had shot 22-year-old Oscar Fuentes, Jr. of Atlanta,” Babb said. “It is believed that Pope and Fuentes were in the middle of a drug transaction when Pope claimed that Fuentes tried to stab him. Fuentes was shot multiple times and died at the scene.”

Babb said Pope and Fuentes initially met at a gas station in Union City. Pope agreed to give Fuentes a ride to the Fayette County residence since Fuentes had relatives living at Landmark.

Fuentes was shot in the head and torso. The number of times he was shot and locations of gunshots sustained is being determined at the autopsy, said Babb.

Babb said Pope called 911 because he maintained that he shot Fuentes in self-defense. Investigators have not disclosed if Fuentes’ alleged weapon was found at the scene.

What was found at the scene was an undisclosed amount of suspected marijuana, Babb said.



You got a black guy, a Hispanic, a gun, and drugs in a trailer park. What could possibly go wrong?

You've got a GUN in the hands of a felon. Such carnage could be avoided if only it was a white felon, because Caucasians never misbehave. Stay vigilant, Avenger, with your colorblind commentary.

Is being blind really a virtue? By being blind to the who, what, where, and how are we not just being cowards? The FBI list of 25 most dangerous cities in America is pretty consistent from year to year (, as is the who, what, and how. Being blind is a classic lefty ostrich-head-in-the-sand position. The real evil in that world view is that it also ignores the victims, because they do have a skin color, and and there is a predominant social strata. But no matter the murder rates in our democrat death centers the blind stumble through darkness and point with 10 fingers aiming at suburban and rural America to accuse the evildoers. It's as if NRA gangs are roving the streets of Detroit and Chicago, while the 4H thugs mow down scores of innocents in Atlanta, Baltimore and New Haven.

But might there be just a gallon or two of racism in the hands of those who profess to be color blind? How easy is it to obfuscate the criminal and the "GUN"?, unless of course the blind are pointing at Sarah Palin or Wayne LaPierre. In this case the blind can see one color particularly well. How is it that the behavior of Alaskans has such a terrible influence on our nations capital? As difficult as it is to stomach, I feel the need to point out that the mayor of DC is not the idoit, gun toting Sarah Palin, but the thoughtful, intelligent (and color blind???) Vincent Gray.

To be blind to the perpetrators is to also be blind to the victims. I think we can do better than that.

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