Family says teen killed at Atlanta train station after Peach Drop
Monday, January 3, 2011
Friends and family say a 14-year-old boy who went out for a midnight celebration was knifed to death at a downtown Atlanta train station after he was accosted by a man who accused him of stealing a cell phone. Rueben Hand was killed early Saturday as he was heading home with friends after attending the New Year’s Eve Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta, relatives told the media. Hand and a friend were about to get on a MARTA transit system train when a man accused them of stealing his cell phone, said 18-year-old Diamante Drake, who said he was with Hand at the station. After the teens told them man they didn’t have his phone, an argument began, Drake said. “Rueben told him to stop following us and was cussing at him,” Drake said. Then the man pulled out a knife and stabbed Hand in the neck, Drake said. “We tried to catch him and bring him to the police but he started swinging the knife at us,” Drake said. “We seen little Rueben on the ground bleeding.” MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris confirmed that the slaying happened early Saturday. But he said MARTA police are not identifying the victim because he’s a juvenile.
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