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ASU player killed during a home invasion

April 28, 2006

Albany -- Police reports say Antonio Atkins and another man broke into a house on West Broad Avenue.

One of two men in the house, Johnathan Young, grabbed a 12-guage shot gun and shot and killed Atkins. The other robber ran away and police are still searching for him now.

Albany detectives search for clues at 2015 West Broad Avenue. Police reports say Antonio Atkins and another man broke into the house and tried to rob Johnathan Young and Michael Thomas. The report goes on to say Young, a barber at the marine base, shot Atkins.

Atkins was dead when police arrived around 1:15 this morning. Atkins was from Jesup, Georgia and was a running back for the Albany State football team.

Hanes Tankersley lives just two houses down from crime scene. He was shocked and frightened to hear about the shooting. "I think it's serious. We need to be more careful by locking our doors and keeping an eye on everybody else."

Are you concerned for your own safety now, I asked him. "I try not to be, but it's something you think about."

Tankersley says he didn't hear anything. But another neighbor, who didn't want to talk on camera, says police found a torn piece of shirt on her fence, possibly from the second suspect who ran when shots were fired.

The police report says Michael Thomas describe the second assailant as a black man wearing gray T-shirt. Thomas thought he drove off in a dark Honda Accord. The second suspect remains on the loose.

Albany State would not comment today on Antonio Atkins' death.

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