Grieving Grandmother Desperate For Answers In 12-Year-Old Grandson’s Murder

Glenda Mack says she has no idea who would hurt the young boy she had been raising since he was a newborn.

David Mack [screenshot from 11Alive]

David Mack [screenshot from 11Alive]

By: Aaron Rasmussen

Police are searching for the killer of a 12-year-old boy found fatally shot to death in a wooded area in Southeast Atlanta, Georgia.

According to law enforcement authorities, David Mack was reported missing the evening of February 9 after he failed to return from what his grandmother thought would be an afternoon spent at a friend’s house playing football.

“He said, ‘Love you’ and I said, ‘Love you, too,’ and those were the last words I said to him,” Mack’s grandmother, Glenda, who reportedly had been raising the boy since he was five days old, told Atlanta’s WXIA-TV.

Over FaceTime, Mack informed the friend his grandmother had given him permission to see that he had made other plans in the neighborhood, and the friend asked if he could go, too.

“He said all he saw was David's face, but he heard somebody say, ‘No, say no,’” Glenda said.

A day after disappearing, family searching for the middle school student located his body in the wooded area, which is reportedly popular as a play area for children. “They immediately saw him, lying face down and one of his cousins yelled out, ‘There’s David!’” Glenda recalled.

Now the grieving grandmother is searching for answers.

“I didn't know of anything or anything where somebody was angry with him or wanting to do harm to him," she told WXIA-TV, adding, “Somebody knows something about this.”

A GoFundMe page titled “David Mack Homegoing” details how the child was “full of life with many aspirations and dreams,” including a love of YouTube and a desire to work with technology and play football.

“David was taken from us too soon however we have a lifetime of memories of him being a prankster always looking for a good laugh and to put a smile on our faces," the page set up by his grandmother, Glenda, reads. “We love and miss him greatly!”

A reward for the arrest and indictment of the person or people responsible for Mack’s death has now been increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

Anyone with information can submit tips anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at

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