While searching Connor Mediate’s apartment, police found several ounces of marijuana and a THC vape container. They also found the shooting victim’s phone, which contained evidence that he was using the Snapchat and Telegram apps to facilitate drug purchases.
The message shortly before the shooting was from someone using the name “Cam”. Police were able to track down the account of 17-year-old Cameron Walker.
Captain Sean Woods, Alpharetta Police Department said: “We believe it was a drug case where they went there to buy or rob the suspect.
“They used many platforms, but the one we found the most helpful information was Snapchat. And the biggest thing to tell people is that you might think it’s gone, nothing’s gone and it’s always there for life.”
Police also said several witnesses heard gunshots and saw a dark-colored vehicle. A witness told police that he saw a “black” Porsche Panamera pull up to the apartment complex and ask someone for directions.
Another witness told police she heard a gunshot, then someone screaming and then two more shots. Another witness also heard gunfire and filmed a car leaving the scene.
Police were able to determine that Cameron Walker’s father owned a dark brown Porsche Panamera. Police were also able to determine that Walker’s phone was near the apartment complex at the time of the shooting.
Walker’s phone messages reveal that he wanted to rob Mediate because he had a lot of cash and a Rolex.
A search of phone records also connected 18-year-old Jonathan Murray to the crime. A search of his phone showed he was in the same area as Walker the night of the shooting. Murray is Walker’s teammate.
“It’s really shocking and weird to hear that. When I play with them, they always treat me well. I never will. We’re all just waiting to see what happens.” , high school student Henry said Bobe.
At this point, it is not known whether Walker or Murray shot Mediate. Witnesses said they heard six gunshots and Mediate was shot three times. It is possible that both basketball players shot Mediate.
In addition to playing basketball, Murray is also a football player and was offered to play in Virginia, according to the Washington Post.
“It really hurts because these kids are only 17, 18 years old and, I mean, their lives ended up being just a really bad decision,” Captain Woods concluded.
Walker is said to have just signed up to play Division I basketball at George Mason University, but a spokesperson for the university told CBS46 that the offer no longer exists in the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened that a young man in Georgia has lost his life and we send our sincere condolences to his family. We take these issues with the utmost seriousness. The family of Cameron Walker has been informed that he may no longer be considered for admission to the George Mason University men’s basketball program.”
The Milton High School athletic director also addressed the allegations on social media:
“The news that two of our students were arrested last night was shocking. These events do not reflect what we stand for or what it means to be a student at Milton HS. We are. here for you, prepared to provide resources for students who may be impacted by this news.”
UPDATE (CBS46) – A Fulton County judge has dismissed ties to two student-athletes charged with the murder of Connor Mediate.
“It was really shocking and strange to hear that. when I play with them, they always treat me well, I would never have thought that. We’re all just waiting to see what happens,” said Henry Bobe of Milton High School.
The arrest follows a month-long investigation stemming from an incident that occurred on October 14 at Collingwood Apartments.
Police identified two Milton High School student-athletes as the alleged attackers.
The teens were arrested shortly after the end of Milton High’s season opener game. They are expected to appear in court at 11 a.m. Thursday.
The incident is still under investigation and the Alpharetta Police Department is asking anyone with pertinent information to contact the department’s contact line at 678-297-6307.