Nimar Kelly

Nimar Kelly

Cobb police have arrested the 15-year-old accused of killing a South Cobb High School student at an apartment complex in Austell on Saturday.

Myliek Dunn of Lithia Springs turned himself in to police on Tuesday, according to Officer Neil Penirelli, a spokesman for the Cobb Police Department. Dunn faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to arrest warrants.

Penirelli said Dunn will be charged as an adult.

Dunn is accused of shooting and killing a 16-year-old after a physical altercation led to Dunn shooting the teen twice, according to police. Nimar Kelly has been identified as the victim by south Cobb community members, according to reports from Fox5 Atlanta’s Denise Dillon.

The shooting took place in Austell just before 1 p.m., at an apartment complex on Mesa Valley Way, according to Penirelli.

Two Cobb police officers were dispatched to Mesa Valley Way, off the East-West Connector, where they found the 16-year-old victim with two gunshot wounds, Penirelli said. The teen was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police the two teens fought just before the shooting.

In an incident on Monday that appeared to be related, Pebblebrook High School Principal Travis Joshua placed the school on high alert, telling staff in an emailed letter that Dunn had been seen on campus multiple times after being expelled from Pebblebrook and assigned to the Ombudsman alternative school in Cobb County earlier this year.

Dunn had not yet been captured when Joshua sent the letter.

“There is concern about retaliation and as such there will be a greater Cobb Police presence in the area and on campus today. Please keep all students in class today and only write a pass in the event of an emergency,” Joshua wrote. “If you happen to see (Dunn), please immediately notify the main office so that they can alert our police officers.”

Nan Kiel, a spokeswoman for the Cobb County School District, said Monday the district was aware of “the tragedy that occurred over the weekend,” but did not provide specific details about the incident.

“We are doing everything we can to support the students, teachers and families of South Cobb High School during this difficult time. All questions on the investigation should be directed to the Cobb County Police Department,” Kiel said.

Clint Terza, principal of South Cobb High School, sent a letter home to parents following Kelly’s death, urging parents to be supportive of their grieving students.

“Our thoughts and support are with the student’s loved ones and our school family as we struggle to make sense of what’s happened,” Terza wrote. “Your child will hurt for the loss of their friend and may have questions for you, questions that they’ve never considered before. You may not feel like you have all the answers, but what you have will be enough if it is partnered with loving reassurance and support.”

Glenn Daniel, a spokesman for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, said Dunn’s mugshot will not be released, as he is a juvenile.

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