1 arrest in Riverdale High athlete’s slaying

Joshua Richards had hoped for baseball scholarship

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Atlanta police have arrested a man on murder charges in the shooting death of a teenager outside a south Atlanta nightclub last weekend.

Jarquavius Tisinger, 19, is accused in the Sunday killing of Joshua Richards, 17, a senior at Riverdale High School, Atlanta police spokesman Eric Schwartz said. Tisinger is being held in the Fulton County Jail.

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Jarquavius Tisinger, 19, (above) has been charged with murder in the Nov. 9 killing of Joshua Richards, a 17-year-old senior at Riverdale High School.

Richards was a shortstop on Riverdale’s baseball team and hoped to get an athletic scholarship to play in college.

When reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Richards’ mother said she had not heard of the arrest.

“I’m just thankful,” Deneen Richards said. “I thank God, because it was a senseless killing. He had a bright future ahead of him and did not have to have his life taken away from him like that.”

Joshua Richards and some friends were at a Jonesboro Road nightclub, Southside 17, when another group of young men tried to start a fight with them, family friend Vivian Maiden has said.

Atlanta police Lt. Keith Meadows, commander of the department’s homicide unit, said Wednesday that a young man from Richards’ group exchanged looks with someone in the suspect’s group, and they began to argue.

Richards’ group decided to leave, but the suspect followed them outside, grabbed an assault rifle from a vehicle and fired numerous shots into the Jeep that Richards and his friends were in, Meadows said.

Two other young men in Richards’ group were wounded.

—Staff writer Chandler Brown contributed to this article.


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