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Teen Killed By Cobb Police Was To Graduate This Year

Twitter abuzz with tributes to Tendai Nhekairo, who threatened police with two knives during the incident.


The man was a wide receiver for and was set to graduate later this year.

Police say that 18-year-old Tendai Nhekairo approached officers responding to a suspicious persons call at the Riverside House Apartment complex on Shadowood Road.

"Officers encountered a male in the breezeway who was nude and armed with two knives," according to a Cobb County Police statement. "When the male attempted to feloniously assault one of the officers, he defended himself by discharging his firearm at the suspect."

The incident occurred Tuesday evening around 7:30 pm. Police have not released the name of the officer involved, but said he has been placed on routine administrative leave as the investigation continues.

Campbell High is reported to be holding a memorial service on Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm, at the flagpole outside the school.

In the aftermath of the incident, the Twitter universe has been flooded with tributes to Nhekairo, who, according to Cobb County jail records, was arrested in late February on a misdeamenor charge of marijuana possession.

Here is a sampling of some of the reaction:

"Tendai had so much more to do :/ , this is so sad & hurting me . Because I actually know him & he couldn't live his whole life out ."

"Straight up Tendai had the most beautiful soul a person could have, he touched ALL of our lives with joy, laughter, and smiles."

"Campbell needs to do something special for Tendai at 2012 graduation!"

"Tendai was truly something greater than human. His flaws were at 0. Not perfect but tendai has many positive things about himself."

"Say a prayer for Tendai and his Fam, another loss R.I.P"

another comment March 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I do not believe the Police Spokesman is covering up for the officer. It is very unfortunate, what happened to your brother. Instead of Blaming the Police, everyone needs to be forthcoming. Many Campbell Students, the sameones that loved your brother. That were with him in AP classes, supported him on the football team, talked to him in the Cafeteria, even had Tweets from him on Tuesday. They noticed that he had been acting differently since his arrest a few weeks ago. Then on Monday, they were their when he started acting really strange in History class and was taken out of school. His good friends are saying he had bad drugs, they are even walking around school identifying the dealer. They are that upset. Or did he just have a breakdown like the Jet blue Pilot? The fact remains, he was naked and holding knives, the police have to protect themselves. This is not a racial thing, if it was someone purple and naked acting aggessively with knives they have to protect themselves.
Juliana March 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Hey Nawona I'm so sorry what happened to your brother, my condolences to your family and your mother i can not imagine her pain. This is Juliana Restrepo we went to elementary together.
CashMission April 02, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Can anyone tell me when the funeral is cause I really want to go cause we was close friends.
Anonymous April 05, 2012 at 12:21 AM
It should be obvious to any thinking police officer (which are very few) that this young man needed help, not a bullet! Serve and protect, not murder. If you can't handle the situation with less lethal force because you're scared, you should find another line work. Chicken pig!
charles rogers August 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM
The cop could have shot him in the leg and nothing would have been said. However this should send a clear message to the community that the police here will murder you and then do the investigation and cover it up. RIP Sgt Turner. He too was murdered by Cobb Police.

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