Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vigil planned for Patrick Cotrona, victim in East Atlanta shooting (Update)

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

A vigil has been planned this Friday night to rally against crime and remember Patrick Cotrona, the East Atlanta Village resident who was shot and killed late Saturday night during an armed robbery just blocks away from the bustling nightlife strip.

Cotrona, who suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen and later died at the hospital, was one of two men shot that night. The suspect reportedly hopped into a waiting car and sped away. From the event's Facebook page:

As many of you already know, East Atlanta Village suffered the loss of a resident due to a violent armed robbery. We have also seen a recent uptick in crime. We plan to meet and have a vigil in memory of the lives lost due to violent crime in our neighborhood but also to rally against crime.

We ask that you all make an effort to come out and support the family and friends of Patrick Cotrona in a showing of solidarity from East Atlanta Village. More information will be provided as it is available.

The vigil, which will take place at 567 Flat Shoals Avenue, starts at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to check the Facebook page for updates.

The killing has rattled southeast Atlanta neighborhoods, especially East Atlanta, which was already concerned about public safety following the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man on Metropolitan Avenue the previous weekend. Neighbors in nearby Grant Park have also expressed concern over the May 17 shooting of a man walking to his car after an Atlanta Braves game. More on that crime later.

In a statement, East Atlanta Community Association officials have called on Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council to provide funding to increase the number of police officers. They also said APD has agreed to step up police presence in East Atlanta. The East Atlanta Security Patrol, the neighborhood's privately funded force, will permanently add a Friday and Saturday night shift and seek additional donations from residents and businesses.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: According to WSB-TV, APD says that Cotrona's murder might be connected to the recent shooting of a Braves fan in Grant Park.

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