- Associated Press - Monday, November 8, 2010

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A teenager was stomped, kicked and punched to death at a weekend house party after police say he walked by a group who decided to pounce on the next person who passed by. Four have been charged with murder.

District Attorney David McDade said the four, who appeared in court Monday, were charged with murder in the death of 18-year-old Bobby Tillman early Sunday in Douglas County, west of Atlanta.

The party was intended to be a small gathering of about 10 friends of a girl who lives at the house, but it grew to a group of 60-80 after word spread by e-mails and other electronic messages, said Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller. When the girl’s parents saw how many people had come, they asked the partiers to leave.

That’s when a fight broke out between two females and two males, and one of the females hit a male, said Douglas County Maj. Tommy Wheeler said. He said the man said he wouldn’t retaliate against a girl, but he would hit the next man that walked by.

Mr. Tillman happened to be the unlucky person, and Maj. Wheeler said multiple attackers beat and stomped him. Mr. Tillman was still breathing when officers arrived but didn’t survive, even after CPR was administered.

“It’s amazing,” said Maj. Wheeler. “He had nothing to do with anything, they just decided he’s the one. And they killed him.”

Mr. Miller said he doesn’t think the victim knew his attackers and that they had attended different high schools.

Mr. Tillman’s mother, Monique Rivarde, said she wants justice for her son.

“He was my only son. He was my best friend. He was an angel here on earth and I was blessed to be his mother,” she said.

“My son did not die in vain. My son is a silent hero. He touched so many lives I didn’t know about. Bobby was a ray of sunshine through every dark cloud.”

Mr. McDade called the killing senseless: “Senseless is the only word I can use to describe it. It is an absolutely unprovoked, senseless killing.”

Kizzy Powell lives next door to the small white house where the party took place. She said she rushed home late Saturday when her brother told her police had set up crime scene tape near her house. She didn’t witness the beating, but envisioning what happened to Mr. Tillman haunts her.

“It was terrible and so many people watched it like it was a sport,” she said. “The saddest part to me is that no one helped. I wish I could have gotten home earlier and that my lights would have scared them.

Edd Stevens lives down the street. He said his mother saw a boy with long dreadlocks kicking someone else in the head.

“It was some loudmouths trying to be tough guys,” he said, describing his mother’s account. “And look where it got them.”

Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel said Monday Mr. Tillman died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

The four who appeared Monday at an initial hearing in the killing of Mr. Tillman were Quantez Devonta Mallory, Horace Damon Coleman, Emanuel Benjamin Boykins and Tracen Lamar Franklin.

The judge informed the defendants they would have to obtain counsel. None of the four spoke at the hearing.

None of the defendants had attorneys representing them in the courtroom, but some of their relatives said they were frustrated that they haven’t been able to talk to them since their arrest.

“They haven’t even allowed me to call him,” said Erica Hillery, Mr. Mallory’s mother. “I feel real bad for the victim’s parents but I need to know what’s going on.”

The sheriff said he didn’t expect the parents whose daughter hosted the party to face charges. No drugs or alcohol were found in the house.

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