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'He didn't deserve it': Family of Jamiren Crosby heartbroken after 13-yr-old found dead days after disappearing

'He was a real person. All he wanted was real around him—real love--wanted to be loved by his family,' said Jamiren Crosby's mother
UPDATED SEP 20, 2022
The body of Jamiren Crosby, 13, was found in a wooded area in Dekalb County (Fox5 video/screenshot)
The body of Jamiren Crosby, 13, was found in a wooded area in Dekalb County (Fox5 video/screenshot)

DEKALB, GEORGIA: Police have found the dead body of a teenager, Jamiren Crosby, 13, after he reportedly went missing for more than a couple of days. The missing boy's family was devastated after learning that his body was discovered in the woods near a townhouse complex. They are waiting for additional details from the investigators as they demand reasons for his unfortunate death. 

Crosby’s family were in search of him ever since he went missing over the course of the weekend. His last whereabouts and interactions are yet to be confirmed due to the minimum details about the case. It is believed that he was last seen on Saturday, September 17, before his body was found a couple of days later by a strolling pedestrian. While passing through Lithonia Community Park with her child on the way home from school, Virginia Montgomery saw a blue tarp. “I saw it. I said, ‘Wait a minute. That looks like somebody laying there,’” WSBTV quoted Montgomery as saying. “Whoever did this, y’all wrong." 


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Crosby’s body was retrieved by the DeKalb County Police just before 4.30 pm on Monday, September 19, when they arrived at the Parkway Trial townhome complex. Soon after, the area was marked off with crime tape, swarming detectives and finally, the medical examiner could be seen entering and exiting the brush line behind the townhouses. Crosby's family arrived shortly after. “He was missing since Saturday. We went out looking for him, me and his auntie. We were out searching for like 6 hours,” Crosby’s family member Sunni Broughton said. Another family member, Brittane Malone, said to WSBTV, “(There was) about 25 of us looking at the park, different parks, the high school.”

Following a tip, family members distributed flyers and even conducted a neighborhood search on the night of September 18. There are still a lot of unanswered concerns, such as why Crosby went there when it was just around 10 minutes from his house. “He didn’t deserve that, what happened to him. He didn’t,” Malone said. “He’s a sweet child.” Furthermore, Crosby was described as an "A" student by his mother. "He was my helper, he'd help me with my little daughter and my youngest son," said the mother of the 8th grader to FOX 5. "He was a real person. All he wanted was real around him—real love--wanted to be loved by his family." She said he left home with some friends around 2 am on Saturday, September 17, when she last saw him alive.

His family and classmates are now waiting for answers. “I’ve never seen anybody laying in the woods like that,” Montgomery said. Crosby was a middle school student at Lithonia, according to witnesses. On Monday, September 19 several students at school were discussing their classmate who was missing. The reason for the boy's death is still being investigated, according to DeKalb County Police.