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Cops: Robbery motive for killing of 15-year-old

NORCROSS — Norcross police believe the men who killed 15-year-old Nicolas Jackson specifically targeted his home for a robbery.

Police spokesman Capt. Brian Harr announced Wednesday afternoon that investigators had determined a motive for the six men who shot and killed the teenager during a break-in at his Autry Street home on Feb. 2.

“While the investigation continues,” Harr said, “the preliminary motive for the individuals that entered the residence was robbery and the residence at 310 Autry Street was their intended location.”

How or why the suspects specifically targeted the home was unclear Wednesday afternoon. Harr denied comment regarding more specific information.

Officials believe the men came to the Jackson family home and forced entry through a basement door at about 6:30 p.m. Jackson, a football player at Norcross High School, was shot once and later died.

His 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 suspects fled on foot but didn’t make it far before being apprehended.

In addition to several weapons previously reported found in the suspects’ van, Harr said Wednesday that investigators had recovered ski masks, bandanas and an undisclosed amount of cash in the vehicle.

Police have charged six suspects 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.

Funeral services for Jackson will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday 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.

Donald Timble Mortuary in Decatur will also host a wake at 7 p.m. Friday.