Suspect convicted, charged in 2019 gang-related murder
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - A man has been found guilty in the 2019 murder of 19-year-old T'Rique Kevon "Whodie" McCullough.
District Attorney Jared Williams announced today that Vernon Rhodes, Jr. will serve life in prison plus 25 years. Rhodes was found guilty on one count each of malice murder, felony murder, and possession of a firearm, as well as four counts of violation of the street gang terrorism and prevention act.
Williams's statement detailed the events leading to McCullough's death, stating the murder was a revenge killing in an ongoing gang feud. He further stated, "On July 4, 2019, Vernon Rhodes drove to Briarwood Apartments and shot T’Rique McCullough in front of friends and family celebrating the holiday. [McCullough] was on his way to joining the Marine Corps. Rather than getting to serve our country and fight for freedom abroad, he was gunned down in our own community on the 4th of July."
This summer marks the third anniversary of McCullough's murder. As the CSRA continues to face violent crime and murder, DA Williams closed his statement by saying, "When will we learn that this violence is tearing communities apart, devastating families, and ruining the lives of everyone involved? Nobody wins. Put the guns down. Stop this foolishness."
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