Georgia AG’s Gang Prosecution Unit Indicts Four in Shooting Death of Athens Toddler

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced on Wednesday, that four individuals had been indicted by an Athens-Clarke County Grand Jury on charges of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. 

The charges are a result of an investigation by the state’s Gang Prosecution Unit and stem from the March 8, 2024, shooting at Hallmark Mobile Home Park, which resulted in the death of three-year-old Kyron Santino Zarco Smith and the injury of a nine-year-old male.  

The individuals, Julian Cubillos, Jayden Brown, Dakious Echols, and Desmontrez Mathis, were indicted as members of a local gang known as “Everybody Eats” or “EBE.” They are alleged to have traveled to Hallmark Mobile Home Park to target a rival gang in order to maintain and increase their status within EBE. 

 “The death of three-year-old Kyron Santino Zarco Smith is a tragedy that should have never occurred, and we’re committed to ensuring those responsible are held fully accountable for their actions,” said Carr. “The violence that’s taken place in Athens-Clarke County is unacceptable, and the entire community deserves better. We have established a strong partnership with ACCPD, and we will continue to work together to combat gang activity in our state.” 

As explained in a press release from Carr’s office, “On March 8, 2024, ACCPD responded to a shooting at Hallmark Mobile Home Park on Spring Valley Road. Two males – three and nine years old – had been shot at the residence. A nine-year-old male was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Three-year-old Kyron Santino Zarco Smith sustained a bullet wound to the chest and was pronounced deceased.” 

D & B Staff

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