Funeral services for Norcross teen set

NORCROSS -- Funeral services for a Norcross teenager fatally shot during a burglary at his home are scheduled for Saturday, the day after six suspects in the killing are next due in court.

Services for 15-year-old Nick Jackson will begin at 1 p.m. at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 182 Hunter St., Norcross.

Jackson attended a Christian academy at the church, which sits down the street from his family's home, for three years before moving on to Norcross High School, where he was a freshman on the football team, officials said.

Donald Trimble Mortuary in Decatur will host a wake for Jackson at 7 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at the mortuary immediately after the funeral, officials said.

Leaders with the football team said anyone who wishes to speak about Jackson will be allowed to during the funeral. Banners made by fellow students will adorn the church.

Police believe six suspects came to Jackson's home on Autry Street, tucked off Holcomb Bridge Road, and forced entry through a basement door about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Jackson was shot once during the melee and later died.

Jackson's sister, who was upstairs alone, called 911 and provided a description of the gray minivan the men allegedly fled in. A Norcross police officer in the area pulled the van over a few blocks away at Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Two of six suspects tried to run, but had only crossed a parking lot before they were apprehended by officers, authorities said.

Several weapons were recovered in the van, police said.

Police have charged six men with burglary and murder: Michael Davis, 23, of College Park, Jason Dozier, 36, of Lithonia, Anthony Lumpkin, 32, of Douglasville, and Atlanta residents Eddie Lewis Green, 46, Timothy Lamar Johnson, 34, and Rico West, 19. All six are scheduled for probable cause hearings Friday in Gwinnett Magistrate Court.

Officials said the slaying is the first in Norcross city limits since 2009.

Jackson's death resonated Tuesday at the highest level of Gwinnett government.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Lynette Howard wore red to Tuesday's commission meeting in honor of Jackson, who was a friend of her son.

Howard said red was Jackson's favorite color -- and was worn by a majority of Norcross students to school Monday.

"Just keep the family in your prayers," she said, during a comment section of the meeting.

Arrangements for Jackson can be sent to: Donald Trimble Mortuary, 1876 Second Ave. Decatur, GA 30032. Contact the mortuary at: 404-371-0772.

Staff Writer Camie Young contributed to this report.