Newlywed Couple Shot While Leaving Family Gathering in Georgia — ‘They Cherished Every Moment That They Shared Together’

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Source: Albany Police Department

May 13 2023, Published 9:31 a.m. ET

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Police in Georgia have announced the arrest of six people in connection with a shooting ambush of newlyweds caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting.

On March 18, Antwan and Courtney Duncan-Penn were shot inside their car during a gang-related altercation, according to authorities.

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Antwan died from his injuries and Courtney survived after being shot in the head. The couple was married for only four months, WSB-TV reported.

“She was the air that he breathed and the sparkle in his eyes; and they cherished every moment that they shared together. Not only was he a loving and devoted husband, but an awesome father and great provider for his family,” according to his obituary that WSB-TV shared.

Antwan left behind five children.

Police have now announced the arrest of six suspects in connection to the shooting: brothers 22-year-old Donnellius Thomas and 20-year-old Zaydren Thomas; 18-year-old Nekhi Parks; 17-year-old Montrez Nix; 15-year-old Brian Massey Jr.; and 15-year-old Nicholas Collier.

All six have been charged with murder, but the Albany Police Department only shared booking photos for five of the suspects.

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On May 10, police said at a news conference that the suspects are known gang-members and the Penns were shot in a case of mistaken identity, WSB-TV reported.

About 30 minutes to an hour before the Penns’ shooting, officials said a house belonging to one of the alleged gang members’ family was shot at.

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Sgt. Lataevia Jackson said, “They were going out looking for those perpetrators. Mr. Penn and Mrs. Penn were coming from a family function,” WSB-TV reported.

Officials said the gang charges would be added on later.


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