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Monday, January 27, 2014

Anthony Holland, dead at 42

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Anthony Holland died the evening of January 8, 2014 on English Avenue.
  • Anthony Holland died the evening of Jan. 8, 2014, on English Avenue.

Throughout 2014, we'll be running stories about victims of gun violence in the city of Atlanta. This is the second.

At Anthony Holland's last known address, the one listed on the police report that described his murder, a man answered a knock on the door by peering between the blinds of a window and yelling, "What do you want?"

When asked if he or anyone at the house knew Anthony Holland, the man said, "I don't know who you're talking about."

When asked in a different way, he simply said, "You have the wrong house," and walked away from the window.

A neighbor, when asked if he had known a man named Anthony Holland who had lived next door to him, replied, "Nah, I don't think I know my neighbors' names."

A block down English Avenue, a cop sat in his idling car, not far from where Holland had been shot two weeks prior. When asked if he knew anything about Anthony Holland, he replied, "The guy that got shot in the back of the head?"

He didn't know Holland, but he offered to search his records for another address. He couldn't find one. Holland had never been in the APD system before that final report.

"Sometimes people just come and go," the cop said.

Holland's family, when contacted through the funeral home that managed his burial, declined to comment about his life.

On, the funeral home hosted a small memorial page for Holland. Among others, Michael Simpson of Atlanta posted a short note:

"It is with great sadness that I write this message. Although I have not spoken with Anthony in many many years, I have very fond memories of him and our interactions as students and friend at John F. Kennedy and B.T. Washington High School. How could I forget those funny jokes and laughter? He was a person of great spirit and attitude. I wish his family the best as they struggle to cope with this seemingly irrecoverable loss. May your faith and love for one another carry you through this time of great sadness.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Booker T. Washington High c/o 89!"

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