NEWTON COUNTY, Ga.Channel 2 Action News has learned that a 16-year-old gunned down after a shift at Zaxby’s is the same young man who saved his two younger siblings nearly eight years as his mother and grandmother were stabbed to death.

On Wednesday, Quinton Kevon Martin died after gunman opened fire on him and his manager as she dropped him off after a shift at Zaxby’s.

Channel 2’s Tom Jones spoke with Martin’s father earlier that week, Roddrick Foster.

Foster said he believes the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

Police have yet to identify the suspects or a motive.



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“Y’all just took everything away from him at an early age. It was senseless,” Foster said the day after losing his son.

Martin was an incredible student at Alcovy High School, an honor roll student.

According to WSB-TV, Martin was working long shifts in hopes of buying his first brand new car.

Martin was killed 1 month before his 17th birthday.

Channel 2 Action News first reported on Martin when he was just eight years old. Two days after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 28, 2010, Martin was at his home in Clarkson with his mother, grandmother and two siblings when a man attacked them.

The man stabbed Martin’s mother, 24-year-old Dominique Martin, multiple times and then turned the knife on his grandmother, 44-year-old Ursula Peterson.

Now, Quinton’s dad also has a keepsake he will keep with him forever: his son’s championship football ring.

“I’m going to wear it now since he’s gone,” Foster said, showing Jones the ring and his son’s football trophies.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV contributed to this report.


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